General Fusion receives two funding awards from DOE to advance Magnetized Target Fusion technology

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The US Department of Energy has selected General Fusion for two new funding awards through the Office of Fusion Energy Science’s Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program. The awards will advance Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) technology for use in commercial fusion power plants through collaboration with the Savannah River National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. At peak compression a fast burst of fusion is created.

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PPPL researchers find way to build high-temperature superconducting magnets for fusion devices

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Such powerful magnets would more easily fit within the tight space inside spherical tokamaks, which are shaped more like a cored apple than the doughnut-like shape of conventional tokamaks, and are being explored as a possible design for future fusion power plants.

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ARPA-E to award up to $10M to study cold fusion (LENR)

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ARPA-E acknowledges the complex, controversial history of LENR beginning with the announcement by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons (FP) in 1989 that they had achieved deuterium-deuterium (D-D) “cold fusion” in an electrochemical cell. Multiple books recount the history of “cold fusion” (now known as LENR). ARPA-E Fusion Market Background Nuclear Power Generation

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TAE Technologies exceeds fusion reactor performance goals by 250% as company closes $250M round; $1.2B to date

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is designed to demonstrate the viability of achieving net energy generation with TAE’s advanced beam-driven field-reversed configuration (FRC)—the penultimate step on TAE’s path to commercialize clean fusion power. billion for its commercial fusion development.

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Chevron invests in nuclear fusion start-up Zap Energy

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a Seattle-based start-up company developing a next-generation modular nuclear reactor with an innovative approach to advancing cost-effective, flexible, and commercially scalable fusion. Nuclear fusion occurs when nuclei of lightweight elements (typically hydrogen) collide with enough force to fuse and form a heavier element—a process that releases substantial amounts of energy with no greenhouse gas emissions and limited long-lived radioactive waste.

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UKAEA and Commonwealth Fusion Systems: Advancing fusion energy

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UK Atomic Energy Authority and Commonwealth Fusion Systems announced a new agreement on 25 July 2022 committed to advancing fusion energy. The post UKAEA and Commonwealth Fusion Systems: Advancing fusion energy appeared first on Innovation News Network.

General Fusion Takes Aim at Practical Fusion Power

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It might be time to retire that overused joke about nuclear fusion always being 30 years away. Burnaby, British Columbia-based General Fusion plans to build a large-scale demonstration reactor at the UK's national fusion research laboratory campus in Culham near Oxford.

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Magnetic-Confinement Fusion Without the Magnets

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Despite these gains, though, traditional magnetic-confinement fusion is still years away from fulfilling nuclear fusion’s promise of generating abundant and carbon-free electricity. But tokamaks aren’t the only path to fusion power.

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ITER beginning assembly of fusion reactor tokamak

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ITER , the world’s largest international scientific collaboration, is beginning assembly of the fusion reactor tokamak that will include 12 different essential hardware systems provided by US ITER, which is managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Researchers propose method for eliminating damaging heat bursts in fusion device

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These ELMs can damage the reactor walls and must be controlled to develop reliable fusion power. Scientists have learned to tame these ELMs by applying spiraling rippled magnetic fields to the surface of the plasma that fuels fusion reactions. The work presents important predictions for how to optimize the effectiveness of ELM suppression in ITER, the massive international fusion device under construction in the south of France to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power.

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Fusion Fuel receives approval for €10M grant to develop HEVO-Industria project

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Fusion Fuel will receive an estimated €10-million grant as part of Component 14 (C-14) of the Portuguese Recovery and Resilience Plan to develop its 6.6MW HEVO-Industria green hydrogen project in Sines, Portugal.

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Advancing fusion energy technologies in the UK

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Professor Kate Royse explains how UK organisations are collaborating to accelerate fusion energy technologies. The post Advancing fusion energy technologies in the UK appeared first on Innovation News Network.

NASA’s New Shortcut to Fusion Power

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And scientists and engineers have continued to study the sun’s fusion process in hopes of one day using nuclear fusion to generate heat or electricity. Consequently, governments, universities, and companies have long looked to fusion to remedy these ills.

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DOE to award up to $30M for fusion energy research; ARPA-E and FES

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $30 million in funding to support innovative R&D for a range of enabling technologies required for commercially attractive fusion energy. ( Cross-cutting areas such as novel fusion materials and advanced and additive manufacturing.

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The road to commercialising fusion energy in the UK

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Heather Lewtas from the UK Atomic Energy Authority details the UK’s efforts to commercialise fusion energy. The post The road to commercialising fusion energy in the UK appeared first on Innovation News Network.

Can AI Make a Better Fusion Reactor?

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Since the 1940s, physicists have tried, but no one has yet created an efficient nuclear fusion reaction. So could neural nets and the GPUs that power them help in nuclear fusion? AI and machine learning are not without their disadvantages in nuclear fusion systems.

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Horizon EUROfusion: Developing clean and safe nuclear fusion energy

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Horizon EUROfusion is celebrating the start of conceptual designs for a power plant to develop clean and safe nuclear fusion energy. This nuclear fusion device […].

DOE selects 15 projects for $32M to advance lower-cost fusion concepts; ARPA-E BETHE

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The US Department of Energy announced the winners of $32 million in funding for 15 projects as part of the ARPA-E Breakthroughs Enabling THermonuclear-fusion Energy ( BETHE ) program. Commercial fusion technology has long been viewed as an ideal energy source.

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Has Fusion Really Had Its "Wright Brothers" Moment?

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If it had ever left the spotlight, nuclear fusion is certainly now back. There have recently been new books , big announcements from small fusion companies , and the widely-shared news of a new record for energy produced at the National Ignition Facility , at the U.S.

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Scientists reunite robots integral to maintaining a fusion energy machine

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A robot with a human touch, which is utilised to maintain a fusion energy machine – where temperatures can be hotter than the Sun – has been reunited with its identical twin for the first time since 1999.

ARPA-E to award up to $30M for fusion energy R&D

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The US Department of Energy announced up to $30 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Breakthroughs Enabling THermonuclear-fusion Energy ( BETHE ). BETHE projects will support the development of timely, commercially viable fusion energy, aiming to increase the number and performance levels of lower-cost fusion concepts.

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PPPL scientists proposes novel method for controlling fusion reactions

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed a novel way to prevent magnetic bubbles, or islands, in plasma from interfering with fusion reactions—delivering a potential way to improve the performance of fusion energy devices.

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MIT team proposes ARC fusion reactor: affordable, robust, compact

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Advances in magnet technology have enabled researchers at MIT to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor that might be realized in as little as a decade: the ARC (affordable, robust, compact) reactor. The stronger magnetic field makes it possible to produce the required magnetic confinement of the superhot plasma—the working material of a fusion reaction—but in a much smaller device than those previously envisioned.

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From Spacecraft to Sensor Fusion

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Tech careers Sensor fusion Cubic communications Northrop grumman CubesatsIt's easy to set up multiple video feeds in all kinds of locations.

Fusion Fuel Green partners with CCC to develop green hydrogen demonstrator plants in Middle East

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Ireland-based electrolyzer company Fusion Fuel Green PLC will collaborate with Consolidated Contractors Group S.A.L. CCC and Fusion Fuel have agreed to cooperate on projects involving the production of green hydrogen for potential clients in the refining and petrochemical industries in order to reduce their carbon footprint. We are excited to bring Fusion Fuel’s revolutionary technology to the Middle East. —Joao Wahnon, Head of Business Development at Fusion Fuel.

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Lockheed Martin pursuing compact nuclear fusion reactor concept

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Lockheed Martin revealed yesterday that its Skunk Works team is working on a new compact fusion reactor (CFR)—the size of a Class 8 trailer rather than a building—that could be developed and deployed in as little as 10 years. While fusion itself is not new, Lockheed noted, the Skunk Works has built on more than 60 years of fusion research and investment to develop an approach that offers a significant reduction in size compared to mainstream efforts.

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Sales of Ford Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi jump in LA in June; up 35% and 40% y-o-y respectively

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Ford Fusion electrified vehicle retail sales spiked in the Los Angeles market during the month of June, the first month of availability for the new 2017 model. Based on Ford June sales figures, Fusion Energi (the plug-in hybrid variant) sales jumped nearly 40% in LA compared to June 2015. During the same time period, Fusion Hybrid sales jumped 35%. —Wade Jackson, Ford Fusion marketing manage.

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New Ambarella AI domain controller SoC family; single-chip multi-sensor perception, fusion and path planning for ADAS to L4 vehicles

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This family enables centralized, single-chip processing for multi-sensor perception—including high-resolution vision, radar, ultrasonic and lidar—as well as deep fusion for multiple sensor modalities and AV path planning.

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Scientists suggest quantum control of atoms may make fusion energy production more efficient

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Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chile are proposing that quantum-controlled motion of nuclei, starting from the nanometer-size ground state of a molecule, can potentially overcome some of the difficulties of thermonuclear fusion by compression of a fuel pellet or in a bulk plasma. Obtaining reasonable reaction rates for nuclear fusion by thermal means thus requires achieving simultaneously high densities and temperatures.

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2019 Ford Fusion Energi gets longer electric range

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Ford is boosting the battery size and electric range of its Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan for 2019. The new battery will store 9 kwh, up from 7 kwh, to give the 2019 Fusion Energi a range of 25 electric miles, up from 21 miles. The bigger battery should make the Fusion Energi more competitive with alternatives such as the Toyota Prius Prime. plug-in cars

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Sandia team reports significant output from MagLIF fusion technique

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Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z pulsed-power accelerator have produced a significant output of fusion neutrons, using a method fully functioning for only little more than a year. Sandia senior manager Dan Sinars expects the MagLIF (Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion) technique will be a key piece of Sandia’s submission for a July 2015 National Nuclear Security Administration review of the national Inertial Confinement Fusion Program.

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Ford C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi owners still waiting for cooler charge cords

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charging Home charging 2013 Ford Fusion EnergiSix months after Ford issued a recall over a fire risk and its charge cords, some drivers of Ford plug-in vehicles still don’t have the peace of mind of a new charge cord. The recall, issued last August, affected or the 120V AC “convenience charge cord” that Ford supplies with more than 49,000 U.S.-market market vehicles—including.

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2017 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV boosts total range to 610 miles

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Ford’s 2017 Fusion Energi—incorporating enhancements announced earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show ( earlier post )—can travel 610 miles (982 km) on a full tank of gas and battery charge according to EPA estimates to be posted to fueleconomy.gov—the highest combined range of any plug-in hybrid sold in the US. The 2016 model of the Fusion Energi has a combined range of 550 miles (885 km). Through April, Fusion Energi sales are up 58%.

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Ford unveils Fusion Hybrid research vehicle for autonomous driving

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Ford Fusion Hybrid automated research vehicle with four LiDAR sensors. Ford, in conjunction with the University of Michigan and State Farm, unveiled a Ford Fusion Hybrid automated research vehicle that will be used to make progress on future autonomous driving and other advanced technologies. The Ford Fusion Hybrid automated vehicle represents a vital step toward our vision for the future of mobility. Click to enlarge.

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SimplexGrinnell Orders 200 Fusion Hybrids

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SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco International Company and provider of fire and life safety systems and services, recently ordered 200 Ford Fusion Hybrids as part of a company-wide effort to replace 25% of its sales fleet with hybrid vehicles. The 200 Fusion Hybrids support a Tyco company-wide environmental program—“Vital World”—to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water consumption by 25% over the next five years.

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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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The Ford Fusion Hybrid has become a fuel-economy leader for the second-biggest domestic automaker. Now, in its second spin around the block, the Fusion Hybrid's stretching its gas-mileage envelope--and adding some plug-in, electric-only driving to the experience as well. The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the related Fusion Energi share the same

Researcher Describes Conceptual Cold Fusion Battery, or Small Power Unit

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Professor George Miley of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and director of its Fusion Studies Lab, reported on progress toward a “cold fusion battery”—a small power unit that uses a low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) (i.e., Miley’s presentation was part of a larger cold fusion topic focus within the larger ACS national meeting. The cold fusion symposium included nearly 50 papers describing research and discoveries on the topic.

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Researchers find injecting tiny grains of lithium improves performance of fusion plasmas

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The finding may quicken the development of fusion energy. High heat and pressure are crucial to fusion, a process in which atomic nuclei—or ions—smash together and release energy; this makes even a brief rise in pressure of great importance for the development of fusion energy. Conditions at the edge of the plasma have a profound effect on the superhot core of the plasma where fusion reactions take place.

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ARPA-E awarding $60M to 23 projects; dry cooling and fusion power

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The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will award $60 million in funding to 23 new projects aimed at creating highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants and developing prototype technologies to explore new pathways for fusion power. ARPA-E’s ALPHA program will develop the tools to build foundations for new pathways toward fusion power. Staged Magnetic Compression of FRC Targets to Fusion Conditions.

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Ford recalls 2019 Fusion Energi over high-voltage shock risk

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Ford has recalled 2,100 2019 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedans over the risk of a high-voltage electrical shock. The company discovered a gap in the access panel to the car's high-voltage electrical drive system that could allow owners, or more likely mechanics, to accidentally touch the energized high voltage system with a probe in the battery

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Recycled and sustainable materials tally for the 2013 Ford Fusion

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The new 2013 Ford Fusion continues use of recycled and sustainable materials including recycled cotton from jeans, recycled car battery casings, recycled clear plastic bottles and soybeans. Fusions can contain: Denim material equivalent to slightly more than two average-sized pairs of blue jeans. The Fusion uses post-industrial, recycled cotton used as sound-absorbing material. Cloth-seat Fusion models contain the equivalent of 38.9

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New software, electric motors for 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid and plug-in hybrid

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Ford has upgraded the software in its new 2017 Fusion Hybrid and Energi (plug-in hybrid) models to deliver a “more refined and engaging drive for customers,” the company announced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). In 2015, Ford sold 24,681 Fusion Hybrid models in the US, and 9,750 Fusion Energi models, drops of 30.3% Sales of all Fusion models in the US in 2015 dropped 2.2% The 2016 Fusion Energi features a 7.6

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2017 Ford Fusion offers adaptive cruise control with automatic stop-and-go technology

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When activated, the technology uses an advanced radar-and-camera based system, which reads the road every 50 milliseconds—tracking traffic and adjusting Fusion’s cruise control according to traffic flow. The new Fusion arrives at Ford dealers this spring.

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