Contenders in the Fusion Race

Who is running in the race for controlled nuclear fusion?

The Aneutronic Fusion League ("AFL") features LPP and other aneutronic contenders.
The Deuterium Tritium Fusion League ("DTFL") features mainline fusion, with two different contender types, MCF and ICF. Filling out the race, a broad range of other Innovative Concepts.

Is this a predictable long distance race? Or will there be upstarts and pleasant physics surprises? Let the games begin.
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Recent posts in this category


General Fusion on NPR

Nov 10, 2011

Congratulations to Michel Laberge and the General Fusion group for Power For the Planet article on NPR.

Half-Axed Fusion Program

Sep 15, 2011

An article in the September issue of Physics Today highlights the continuing erosion of the US fusion program.  (”The US narrows fusion research focus, joins German Stellarator.)

Steven Cowley:  Resource vs. Knowledge based energy

Jun 26, 2011

Thanks Mike for sending me the link to this Steven Cowley TED talk on fusion.

Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

Jun 22, 2011

ICC Workshops Abstract Deadline June 10

May 19, 2011

The Innovative Confinement Concepts Workshop (ICC2011) will take place August 16 to 19, 2011 in Seattle Washington. Abstract submission is handled through the website, specifically here Abstracts - Deadline June 10.

Plasma Rockets:  Can we make it to Mars?

Feb 24, 2011

Into Eternity

Feb 11, 2011

ASP White Paper:  Fusion as an opportunity for American Leadership and Security

Feb 07, 2011

The American Security Project released a new white paper titled “Fusion Energy: An Opportunity for American Leadership and Security” (pdf file) explaining the potential significant gains of American investment in fusion energy.  It recommends a total government investment of $35 billion over a period of 15 years.

Magneto-Inertial Fusion and Rail Gun Fun at HyperV

Feb 04, 2011

One of our New Jersey contacts is a fan of Virginia-based fusion research company HyperV.  In place of an array of lasers like NIF or pneumatic pistons like General Fusion, HyperV plans to pump up the fusion power with an array of thirty miniature plasma rail guns—That’s the inertial part.  Integration of a magnetic component further increases the confinement time.  A plasma liner plays an important role, leading to the overall acronym PLMIF: Plasma liner driven magneto-inertial fusion.

Magnetized Target Fusion

Jan 27, 2011

Best of luck to Glen Wurden and the Shiva Star team at Los Alamos for their Fusion in a beer can with an Indian God* approach.

Fusion Power Associates 2010 Annual Meeting

Jan 25, 2011

Thanks to Steve Dean, Director of Fusion Power Associates for inviting me, and to fire.pppl for posting all the presentations below.

The fundamental parameter space of controlled thermonuclear fusion

Jan 14, 2011

Article by I. R. Lindemuth, R. E. Siemon, Am. J. Phys., Vol. 77, No. 5, May 2009. 

Gives a great overview of fusion.

The Quest for a Fusion Energy Reactor: An Insider’s Account of the INTOR Workshop

Jan 03, 2011

The Fusion Quest

Jan 02, 2011

Sun in a Bottle

Jan 02, 2011
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