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Fusion Power: First Plasma Has Been Achieved

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Due to technological advances, what was predicted to be achievable in the year 2025 has already been attained this 2017 — eight years earlier than the initial forecast.

International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering megaproject. It is the world’s largest magnetic confinement plasma physics experiment and is also an experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor.

In June 2016, iter.org reported that the ITER council had officially announced its endorsement of the Resource-Loaded Integrated Schedule for the ITER Project, which identified the date of First Plasma as December 2025, deeming the initiative as “challenging but technically achievable.”

The ITER project aims to create the long-awaited transition from experimental studies of plasma physics to full-scale electricity-producing fusion power stations. Specifically, the machine proposes to exhibit the principle of greater energy production from the fusion process — something that has not yet been achieved in any fusion reactor. Until now.

Fusion energy has been and is still a topic of interest and concern in both real-world science and science fiction. It is what can be claimed as something everyone wants but has remained out of reach. Until a company in the United Kingdom (UK) — Tokamak Energy — created a fusion reactor, named ST40.

On May 1, 2017, Tokamak Energy made history by becoming the first company to successfully manufacture First Plasma with ST40, putting humanity a step closer to attaining completely sustainable energy, and minimizing the waiting time for fusion energy to be available.

The primary concept behind a fusion reactor is to generate a high enough temperature of heat that it can fuse hydrogen atoms, therefore, allowing it to self-sustain. Essentially, this means generating heat that is comparable with the temperature at the center of the Sun, producing unlimited clean energy the world seriously needs.

Unlike nuclear fission that is already being used in today’s nuclear reactors, nuclear fusion involves atoms being fused together instead of being split apart.

Nuclear fusion is the process that fuels the Sun and if scientists are able to figure out how to replicate the same process on Earth, it would allow humans to tap into unlimited supplies of clean energy which is now a necessity, especially in light of the accelerating threat from global warning.

In line with this, Tokamak Energy is working on increasing the temperature its reactor can make, aiming to achieve temperatures as hot as the sun’s center — 27 million degrees Fahrenheit or 15 million degrees Celsius – within the year. From there, they intend to achieve much higher degrees. Their ultimate target is 180 million degrees Fahrenheit or 100 million degrees Celsius, the temperature required to acquire a self-sustaining fusion reactor.

The road will be long, and it won’t be easy. But the motivation is clear. The world desperately needs clean energy, and the company intends to deliver.

As Tokamak Energy CEO David Kingham said in a press release: “We will still need significant investment, many academic and industrial collaborations, dedicated and creative engineers and scientists, and an excellent supply chain. Our approach continues to be to break the journey down into a series of engineering challenges, raising additional investment on reaching each new milestone. We are already half-way to the goal of fusion energy; with hard work we will deliver fusion power at commercial scale by 2030.”

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18 Comments on "Fusion Power: First Plasma Has Been Achieved"

  1. Revi on Fri, 5th May 2017 7:54 am 

    We’ll see… In 2030 we will still be about 20 years away.

  2. Cloggie on Fri, 5th May 2017 9:52 am 

    Wonderful all these multi-billion projects, making a lot of families happy at your tax payer expensive.

    But there are alternatives much cheaper alternatives that actually do work. Take this 22 million euro wind power project.

    So you thought that wind power technology has matured and that the standard three blade rotor is the alpha and omega in harnessing the energy contained in air flows? Think again. There is a promising alternative for these conventional giant machines and their massive towers: fast moving kites/gliders. The promoters of this new technology believe that kites with a span-width of 28 m could be a much cheaper alternative for the thousands of planned North Sea offshore mega machines of 8 MW and more:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/ampyx-kite-power/

    A test phase with 5.5 m span-width prototype has been successfully completed. Now a last test phase with a 12 m prototype is scheduled for next year. In 5 years time we could see the first 2 MW gliders with a 28 m span-width scurrying through the skies over the North Sea.

    And since you need much lighter foundations, greater depths are attainable:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV9PykR5bHo

  3. Hawkcreek on Fri, 5th May 2017 10:38 am 

    You don’t want any technology that might hold promise of being simple and/or cheap. That might lead to groups or individuals thinking they could power their own lives, instead of having big daddy gov to do it for them.

  4. Go Speed Racer on Fri, 5th May 2017 10:49 am 

    The best math proof that fusion is a scam:
    It’s the volumetric power density of the plasma ball.
    The power density is low.
    The reactor would have to be constructed incredibly
    huge to get a decent power delivery.
    It’s impractical.

  5. bobinget on Fri, 5th May 2017 11:07 am 

    First, paint pipes flat black.
    Second, fill pipes with water.

  6. dave thompson on Fri, 5th May 2017 11:52 am 

    Technology to the rescue! To bad in twenty years or less the habitat and ability for humans to grow food will be gone. Most likely in ten years or less. Check out Nature Bats Last. https://guymcpherson.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/image.jpeg

  7. Westexasfanclub on Sat, 6th May 2017 2:10 am 

    “First plasma obtained – making history”! What a joke. There are many fusion machines in the world that can produce plasma. That’s nothing new at all.

    But I still think those private start ups will make the billion dollar grave called ITER obsolete. They might never produce energy economically, but they will ridicule that pharaonic mega effort.

  8. Cloggie on Sat, 6th May 2017 6:15 am 

    The article sounds like an infomercial for a me-too-can-do-plasma enterprise and is very short on specifics. Around the world there are several parties meanwhile able to generate a plasma for a short blip of time. What is new is that this seems to be a private enterprise, feasting on the work of public projects. The real challenge is not to produce plasma, but do so for a long time (days, weeks, months).

    After a little research I found this Korean record of last December:

    http://www.sciencealert.com/another-nuclear-fusion-record-just-got-broken-in-south-korea

    70 seconds.

    And then there is the German Wendelstein project making great progress in controlling the required magnetic field:

    http://www.sciencealert.com/tests-confirm-that-germany-s-massive-nuclear-fusion-machine-really-works

    Fusion is getting rapidly closer but not fast enough to kill the development of renewable energy, a form of energy much better suitable for countries with lower state of development.

  9. Tristan Wibberley on Sat, 6th May 2017 11:22 am 

    Lawrenceville plasma physics (focus fusion) is making toroidal plasmas with fusion happening all the time.

    They plan to make one every 1/1000 second if they prove the science applies in their fusor’s high magnetic fields as it does in the z-machine.

    Their next experiments after switching from copper to tungsten in the last couple of years and now to beryllium – since tungsten can’t hack the x-rays – is gonna be fascination because that’s the electrode material they always expected to be the final choice so the results will be fascinating as they ramp up even more.

  10. William on Sat, 6th May 2017 12:41 pm 

    You people don’t seem to understand that ITER’s Tokamak was never intended to be a functional reactor. It is and has been from the beginning just a very large-scale experiment designed to teach us what it will take to build a real reactor. Yes, there’s a lot still to learn and a lot left to.engineer, but it’s worth the time and money. Which is my second point; some of you don’t seem to grasp what fusion’s actual benefits are even when compared to other alternatives including renewables. The economical benefits alone are massive, from saving money to actually producing a byproduct that can be sold for a premium, helium, which is actually rare on Earth but vital in a myriad of applications and in manufacturing.

  11. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 7th May 2017 2:52 am 

    Y know William we DO know it is an experimental reactor and even at such a massive scale it won’t produce meaningful energy isn’t that telling you something?

    In the 30’s they wanted atomic bomb and they
    scribbled out some plans and designs
    and research and very quickly job is done.
    Here is your handy dandy Acme Atomic Bomb,
    what quantity do you need?
    They did not phuck around for 50 years with a
    bunch of useless scams and promises and gigantic
    piece of schit machines that don’t work worth a krap.

  12. Cloggie on Mon, 8th May 2017 5:48 am 

    Post it hear again since the other thread is unreadable.

    New renewable energy record in Germany.

    85% renewable for a few hours on a Sunday.

    The 22nd century may become the fusion century.

    This century will be the century of renewable energy.

  13. Cloggie on Mon, 8th May 2017 5:48 am 

    Forgot the link:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/new-german-renewable-record/

  14. Davy on Mon, 8th May 2017 6:25 am 

    “New renewable energy record in Germany. 85% renewable for a few hours on a Sunday.”
    Lol, it is a Sunday when most shops and businesses are closed in German and conditions are optimal and the country generates 85% renewables. That is hardly something to brag about. What that show is how far you have to go after so much effort. I am not trying to cut down renewables. It is admirable what Norther Europe is doing. Even the failure to go 100% renewable is good because you have increased resilience with partial introduction of renewables. I am pissing on your attitude. Anyone who brags and struts without real substance has some issues underlying that activity. Europe is dangerously exposed to global depletion and limits. A nice May Sunday of renewables activity is not going to protect you from what is ahead. There is so much more to what is ahead than just energy.

    The 22nd century may become the fusion century.
    This century will be the century of renewable energy.

    Notice the “may” and the “will”. There is no “is”. This is because it has not happened yet and if that sick Euro economy gives out there will be a “won’t”. It is not even proven it can happen with a modern society in denial to ecological limits. This is still a work in progress and theoretical. The energy 1=1 bullshit does not fly for a civilization. It works in the theoretical not the practical.

  15. Cloggie on Mon, 8th May 2017 7:43 am 

    Lol, it is a Sunday when most shops and businesses are closed in German and conditions are optimal and the country generates 85% renewables.

    Davy perhaps you will have a look at the electricity consumption pattern of an average German week:

    https://edmhdotme.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/summer.jpeg

    The weekend, that’s 12-13 July 2014.

    There is not that much difference between a weekday (75 GW max) and a weekend (60 GW max).

    Many shops are open during the entire weekend and many production facilities keep on producing during the weekend, etc.

    It is absolutely not fat-fetched to assume that by 2030 German electricity production will be largely renewable throughout the week.

    That is hardly something to brag about.

    Bragging, me? I’m Dutch, not German. Holland is the European embarrassment regarding renewable energy, due to our large gas reserves. Have always said so.

    Europe is dangerously exposed to global depletion and limits.

    Depletion? What depletion? The Netherlands for instance has for 20 years natural gas. Russia is eager to keep on selling for another 20 years to Europe and will have the reserves for which there will be ever decreasing demand.

    There.is.no.real.energy.problem.

    And in 80-100 years time we will probably have fusion working and enough of wind-turbine and solar panel maintenance and we will tear them down again.

    Fusion means virtually endless energy. Not sure if to look forward to that, but what can you do.

    I am pissing on your attitude.

    ???

    Jesus man, relax. Sincerely wonder what your definition is of an admirable attitude regarding energy matters. Beats me.

    if that sick Euro economy

    Wtf does that mean? We are richer than ever. The only thing that is really sick is that the European economy is so successful that it even absorbs women in the process, which should be reversed. The employment in Europe is way too high, not too low. The economy is largely automated, unprecedented in history. Germany of 80 m has a larger export surplus than the so-called factory of the world China with 1330 m. If this is sick, I would like to know what healthy is.

    You are stuck Davy in your completely obsolete peak oil-collapse story. It is called off, it is irrelevant. You can worry instead about global finance, war, climate change or social destabilization due to mass-migration. There is a good chance that the energy transition will be smooth after all.

  16. Davy on Mon, 8th May 2017 8:13 am 

    I am going to have to coin a new term “cloggism”. Which is a strange mix of Euro makatism and blind techno optimism presented as a future narrative without a basis in reality. Clog, your life is one of living in a “maybe” future that is likely never achieved. You reside in the present with little understanding of the dangers and building inconsistencies. “We are richer than ever” is “carte blanc” for this.

  17. Cloggie on Mon, 8th May 2017 8:48 am 

    I could coin a new term “Davidism”, a sort of “Waiting for Godot” attitude for a collapse that will never occur, other than the usual financial collapses and (civil) war we have seen throughout history.

    Furthermore it consists of flirtations with human parallel universes like Indians (um sorry, Native Americans) and Kogi, because he feels that his own human group, i.e. European Americans, and its culture are somehow broke.

    It also is an attitude of professing one-size-fits-all egalitarianism, that doesn’t want to exclude any human group whatsoever. And if anti-immigration is promoted, it is because of “environmental issues” and “carrying capacity”, not because of “racism”, in an obvious attempt to stay within the political correct domain.

    Furthermore it is defined by a fundamental anti-technology, back-to-nature attitude, albeit with a filled bank account.

    Not content with the above, billions are going to die because of some vaguely defined “collapse”. Sometimes even the word “planned” is used with this die-off, thank God, without going into specifics.

    I could continue with defining “Davidism”, but that would be silly, so I skip that exercise and won’t use the term.

  18. Davy on Mon, 8th May 2017 8:57 am 

    I am fine with davism. Thanks clog. In the field working so when I have time I will clarify your extremism with a more balance view of what I stand for. My view of clogism is rock solid and dead on.

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