TAE Technologies Targets Commercial Nuclear Fusion by 2030

TAE has produced a stable plasma at 50,000,000°C within a compact reactor and repeated this over hundreds of testing cycles. They have had over 25,000 fully integrated fusion reactor core experiments. The experiments were optimized with machine learning from a collaboration with Google. The current goal is a commercial fusion power plant by 2030. They …

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Scalable New Fusion Drive

The Helicity Drive concept is a novel magneto-inertial fusion concept designed for a fusion space propulsion system. It has promising Lawson criterion performance scaling with input geometry resulting in power output that is uniquely scalable across thrust power classes (10s kW to GW levels) at high specific power. It exploits magnetic reconnection as a fast, …

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Pulsed Nuclear Fusion Pinch Propulsion

Fission/fusion hybrid and pulsed fusion propulsion have been shown to significantly reduce the trip times for space travel. The specific approach being pursued at UAH PRC is called z-pinch. Jason Cassibry has been funded by Limitless Space Institute to study and advance 100 kev nuclear pinch propulsion. They have a near-term goal of scaling to …

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China Nuclear Energy Plan is 70 GW by 2025 and 180 GW by 2035

Chinese nuclear capacity reached 51GW at the end of 2020. The new target for 70GW of nuclear generation before 2025 and 180 GW by 2035. The 51 GW of nuclear was 2.5% of total capacity. The 180 GW will be about 5% of total capacity in 2035. China will nearly double total energy generation by …

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Modular Nuclear Reactor Company Nuscale Gets $40 Million from Japan’s JGC Holdings

JGC Holdings (Japanese company) has invested $40 million for a roughly 3% stake in NuScale, developing small modular pressure water nuclear reactor. The Japanese group will work with NuScale’s parent, U.S.-based engineering company Fluor, on construction management and other aspects of the Idaho project. The partners will eventually make similar projects in the Middle East …

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$3-4 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Will Be Revealed in 5 Days

Fixing and building roads, bridges, rail lines, ports and the electric grid could account for nearly $1 trillion of Biden’s forthcoming Build Back Better infrastructure program. The overall US infrastructure program is expected to be in the $3 to 4 trillion range. There will a first official release of information starting Wednesday, March 31, 2021. …

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China Will Show Nuclear Energy is Still Better for a Decarbonized Electrical Grid

China is one of the only countries increasing its construction of nuclear power. China will have more nuclear energy than the USA by 2030. In 2020, nuclear is still the second-largest source of low-carbon electricity, after hydropower. In the US, Europe and Japan nuclear power is the largest source of low-carbon electricity generation. It provides …

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Chinese Fast Nuclear Reactor Starts High-power Operation

China has a sodium-cooled, pool-type fast reactor. It was refueled and had maintenance at the end of July 2020. It completed a power test phase last year. The reactor has a thermal capacity of 65 MW and can produce 20 MW in electrical power. The CEFR was built by Russia’s OKBM Afrikantov in collaboration with …

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Elon Musk on Colonizing Mars and the Galaxy

Elon Musk spoke with Joe Rogan about getting Mars colonization to the point where it would be self-sustaining without additional supplies or support from Earth. The entire point for Elon is to sustain the species indefinitely. Joe Rogan also asked Elon about aliens. Elon answered that there either many aliens or no aliens. Nextbigfuture believes …

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