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Wendelstein Fusion Initial Success

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The German engineers of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald succeeded in producing the first plasma, no surprises here.

The first plasma in the machine had a duration of one tenth of a second and achieved a temperature of around one million degrees. “We’re very satisfied”, concludes Dr. Hans-Stephan Bosch, whose division is responsible for the operation of the Wendelstein 7-X, at the end of the first day of experimentation. “Everything went according to plan.” The next task will be to extend the duration of the plasma discharges and to investigate the best method of producing and heating helium plasmas using microwaves. After a break for New Year, confinement studies will continue in January, which will prepare the way for producing the first plasma from hydrogen.

[news.sciencemag.org] – Germany fires up bizarre new fusion reactor
[ipp.mpg.de] – The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

 

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The Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator

In Greifswald, Mecklenburg/Germany, scientists are exploring a new approach to fusion energy, away from the Tokamaks. The new €1 billion Wendelstein machine with a diameter of 16 m and was under construction for 19 years, is now ready to be switched on. The scientific community is holding its breath.

[sciencemag.org] – Twisted Logic
[wikipedia.org] – Wendelstein 7-X

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ITER in Five Minutes

Cold Fusion 2.0

In 1989 two of the world’s leading electrochemists, the Brit Fleischmann and American Frenchman Pons, shocked the world with their announcement that they had found a way to initiate a exogenous nuclear fusion reaction at room temperature. After initial world wide excitement, things calmed down. Cold fusion research however never really stopped and now an Italian inventor and entrepreneur Andrea Rossi claims to have developed a cold fusion or Low-Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) thermal power source. 1-megawatt cold fusion power plant now available, that is on pre-order – yours for just $1.5 million.

[extremetech.com] – 1-megawatt cold fusion power plant now available – yours for just $1.5 million
[forbes.com] Finally! Independent Testing Of Rossi’s E-Cat Cold Fusion Device: Maybe The World Will Change After All
[forbes.com] – Psstt! Want An E-Cat LENR Generator? For Free?
[wikipedia.org] – Cold fusion

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Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough?

Youtube text: Breakthrough technology: Charles Chase and his team at Lockheed have developed a high beta configuration, which allows a compact reactor design and speedier development timeline (5 years instead of 30).

Lockhead Martin’s Skunk Works is famous for developing advanced technologies. Now Skunk Works Program Manager Charles Chase has outlined their plan for creating a 100 MW Fusion prototype by 2017.

[engineering.com]

Fusion Does Not Want Us

The NYT is pleased to let itself being used as a free advertising board for nuclear fusion. We are less convinced and happy to point out that mr. Prager is a partisan, with vested interests in the business and that he has designs on your wallet for that purpose.

[NYT]

Lets make a deal… solar and wind exist and work. Why not install these devices first so we at least can survive the end of the carbon age. Garanteed. Once we have safely made it to the other side of the energy Rubicon we can always spend our scarce resources on this fusion hobby horse. The fusion fairy tale has had fifty years now to prove itself, that should be enough. It failed. Any guy who sends roses to a girl for half a century without ‘return on investment’ is rightly considered an idiot. Fusion does not want us. There are other girls.

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