Nuclear Fusion Startup Helion Energy Surpasses 100 Million Degrees Celsius

Helion Energy is the first private company to announce exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius in its sixth fusion generator prototype, Trenta. The Trenta prototype recently finished a 16-month testing campaign, completing almost 10,000 high-power pulses. Helion will be presenting these operational results at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics. Nextbigfuture …

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Helion Energy got funding for possible breakeven fusion device this year

Helion Energy has successfully raised $30 million raised in the past three years will be enough to get Helion through the debut of its 50-megwatt break-even nuclear fusion prototype. Helion’s commercial strategy is to build fusion reactors in Washington, with capacity of about 50 megawatts, and deploy them at industrial facilities. Helion Energy is building …

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Nuclear Fusion Company Helion Energy and Others Get ARPA-E Funding

ARPA-E has provided a combined $30 million in funding for nuclear projects Helion Energy – Staged Magnetic Compression of FRC Targets to Fusion Conditions received $3,971,264 in funding Helion Energy will investigate staged magnetic compression of field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasmas, building on past successes to develop a prototype that can attain higher temperatures and fuel …

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Nextbigfuture Interviewed Helion Energy CEO David Kirtley

Nextbigfuture interviewed Helion Energy CEO David Kirtley. An NSF, NASA, and DOD fellow, Dr. Kirtley has 13 years of experience in nuclear engineering, fusion, and aerospace and holds Nuclear and Aerospace Engineering degrees from the University of Michigan. He leads the MSNW propulsion research and development, serves as Helion’s CEO, and has raised and managed …

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Helion Energy now has a Helium 3 fuel cycle for its magneto-inertial fusion process

Helion Energy has an update on their project to achieve commercial nuclear fusion. Helion Energy uses Magneto-Inertial Fusion: By combining the stability of steady magnetic fusion and the heating of pulsed inertial fusion, a commercially practical system has been realized that is smaller and lower cost than existing programs. They want to create modular, distributed …

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Thorium reactor projects getting increased funding and effort

The UK Telegraph has an update on global projects to develop commercial Thorium molten salt reactors. China’s project has $350 million in funding and 140 Phds working on it. They will have 750 Phds by 2015. They are targeting for a 2 MWe reactor by 2020. Kirk Sorensen’s Flibe Energy is exploring a 250 MWe …

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Advanced LTE deployments in 2013 and 2014

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) did not originally consider LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+ to be 4G systems Advanced LTE has download speeds of 300 mbps to 1 Gbps and is a true 4G system. A brief summary of status of mobile carriers’ LTE-A penetration is provided below. SK Telecom SK Telecom has successfully tested their …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 134

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 134 is up at Things worse than Nuclear Atomic Power Review – Argentina’s Atucha Unit 2 to be on line mid-2013. Between February and April 2013 the plant will be tested at normal operating temperature and pressure. Finally, the light water will be removed, the system shall be dried, and …

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Nuclear Power can have a lot of CO2 when you allocate imaginary wars and make up reasons to assign 19 years of coal pollution to it

The Toronto Star had an opinion piece about nuclear power versus wind power that referenced a 2009 Scientific American article that said that nuclear power generates 25 times more carbon dioxide than wind power. The Scientific America article refers to a paper by Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson. I dissected all of the problems with the …

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