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World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Experiment Clears Milestone

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A multination project to build a fusion reactor cleared a milestone yesterday and is now 6 ½ years away from “First Plasma,” officials announced.

Yesterday, dignitaries attended a components handover ceremony at the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in southern France. The ITER project is an experiment aimed at reaching the next stage in the evolution of nuclear energy as a means of generating emissions-free electricity.

The section recently installed—the cryostat base and lower cylinder—paves the way for the installation of the tokamak, the technology design chosen to house the powerful magnetic field that will encase the ultra-hot plasma fusion core.

“Manufactured by India, the ITER cryostat is 16,000 cubic meters,” ITER officials said in a release. “Its diameter and height are both almost 30 meters and it weighs 3,850 tons. Because of its bulk, it is being fabricated in four main sections: the base, lower cylinder, upper cylinder, and top lid.”

The entire project is now 65% complete, the officials said.

The world’s first commercial-scale fusion reactor project is on track to officially launch operations at the end of 2025, said spokeswoman Sabina Griffith, but it will take at least a decade to fully power up the facility.

“The date for First Plasma is set; we will push the button in December 2025,” Griffith said. “It will take another 10 years until we reach full deuterium-tritium operations.”

Thirty-five nations are cooperating on the project to bring fusion power to the masses.

Achieving controlled fusion reactions that net more power than they take to generate, and at commercial scale, is seen as a potential answer to climate change. Fusion energy would eliminate the need for fossil fuels and solve the intermittency and reliability concerns inherent with renewable energy sources. The energy would be generated without the dangerous amounts of radiation that raises concerns about fission nuclear energy.

Officials say the ITER nuclear fusion reactor is poised to be the most complicated piece of machinery ever built. It will contain the world’s largest superconducting magnets, needed to generate a magnetic field powerful enough to contain a plasma that will reach temperatures of 150 million degrees Celsius, about 10 times hotter than the center of the sun.

Griffith said more milestones will be cleared as soon as construction continues.

“We will see the arrival of the first major Tokamak components like the first PF Coil from China (a European contribution), a Vacuum Vessel sector from Korea and first TF coils (from Europe and Japan) this autumn,” Griffith said in an email. “This will lead us to the official start of assembly in spring next year.”

scientificamerican.com



12 Comments on "World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Experiment Clears Milestone"

  1. ANAL REAPER on Thu, 25th Jul 2019 11:18 am 

    Fusion will never be a thing.

    Nor will a democrat winning the White House come 2020.

  2. Dredd on Thu, 25th Jul 2019 12:14 pm 

    “World’s Largest” is not usually “world’s best.”

  3. Nostradamus on Thu, 25th Jul 2019 12:53 pm 

    “It will take another 10 years until we reach full deuterium-tritium operations.” Bwah ha ha. Fusion power is only ten years away. It’s aways ten years away.

  4. Chrome Mags on Thu, 25th Jul 2019 4:29 pm 

    I love a good science experiment as much as the next person, but this is so huge, complicated and expensive it sort of boggles the mind how it would ever translate even if it all comes off they way they expect, i.e. a net energy return, into a reactor that could be economically built in different parts of the world.

    But maybe as an experiment, because it’s not designed to produce electricity for the French grid, they will learn things that will make future designs smaller, less expensive and time consuming to build? I guess, right? Because otherwise its impractical.

  5. Anonymouse on Thu, 25th Jul 2019 4:40 pm 

    Great news, always glad to hear fusion is just around the corner. Here is a project I would really like to see ‘us’ get working on though.

    The project of
    – less plastic crap
    – less cars (a LOT less)
    – less oil extraction ( in the process of fixing itself actually)
    – less nuclear
    – less CAFOs
    – less suburban sprawl
    – less electronic junk designed for obsolescence.
    – less amerikans (aka jewmerikans)
    Im sure you can think of lots of other things we can use LESS of.

    Or how about just building low-powered devices and buildings, transport etc, that do not require and waste so much damn energy in the first place? Wouldn’t that be a lot simpler and achieve better results? Naw screw that, we need MOAR and we need it NOW. And fusion, being safe, clean and unlimited is about as MORE as it gets. Or so were told.

    The last thing ‘we’ need is more more and more. More electrical power? To what end exactly? The poor(est) people who dont have electricity now, or very intermittent access to, wont be helped by fusion – at all. Even the ‘haves’ here in the free-world order would be hard-pressed to pay the rates demanded by nuclear fusion electricity, if it ever materializes at all of course. Most of us ‘haves’ already have all the electrical power we require to meet our needs. I certainly do, and so does my province and country.

    SCI-AM Howler.

    “Fusion energy would eliminate the need for fossil fuels”.

    ROFL. No it wont. I suggest SCI-AM send their writer to France( on a FF powered jet), drive there in oil powered vehicle, eat food and drive on a road all made possible with, FF (yea), and see for himself how the equipment building ITER itself is powered. Or the ship bringing that cryostat from India.

  6. Davy on Thu, 25th Jul 2019 4:44 pm 

    Oh boy, annoymouse gives us his copy and paste fission spiel. Annoy, can’t you add something to what we already know. Wow, another fuck nut twin.

  7. Davy on Thu, 25th Jul 2019 4:51 pm 

    Oops, sorry for getting all emotional like and losing my shit again everyone.

  8. JuanPee lost his mind again on Thu, 25th Jul 2019 6:04 pm 

    “Davy on Thu, 25th Jul 2019 4:51 pm
    Oops, sorry for getting all emotional like and losing my shit again everyone.”

  9. muhamad-bin-pedo-al-amerikiakafmr-juanpee on Thu, 25th Jul 2019 6:12 pm 

    IT HAS FINALLY STARTED….Crusades as predicted!
    The first countries to ban Islam: See how the world is acting fast on the threat posed by Islam and its barbaric Sharia Law. Japan has always refused Muslims to live permanently in their country and they cannot own any real estate or any type of business, and have banned any worship of Islam. Any Muslim tourist caught spreading the word of Islam will be deported immediately, including all family members. Cuba rejects plans for first mosque. The African nation of Angola and several other nations have officially banned Islam. Record number of Muslims, (over 2,000) deported from Norway as a way of fighting crime. Since these Muslim criminals have been deported, crime has dropped by a staggering 72%. Prison Officials are reporting that nearly half of their jail cells are now vacant, courtrooms nearly empty, Police now free to attend to other matters, mainly traffic offences to keep their roads and highways safe and assisting the public in as many ways as they can. In Germany alone in the last year there were 81 violent attacks targeting mosques. Austrian police arrested 13 men targeting suspected jihad recruiters. A Chinese court sends 22 Muslim Imams to jail for 16 to 20 years for spreading Islam hatred. And have executed eighteen Jihadists; Chinacampaigns against Separatism (disallowing Islamist to have their own separate state). Muslim prayers banned in government buildings and Schools in Xinjiang ( Western China ). Hundreds of Muslim families prepared to leave China for their own safety and return back to their own Middle Eastern countries. Muslim refugees beginning to realize that they are not welcome in Christian countries because of their violent ways and the continuing wars in Syria and Iraq whipped up by the hideous IS who are murdering young children and using mothers and daughters as sex slaves. British Home Secretary prepares to introduce ‘Anti-social Behaviour Order’ for extremists and strip dual nationals of their Citizenship. Deportation laws also being prepared. The Czech Republic blatantly refuses Islam in their country, regarding it as evil. Alabama – A new controversial amendment that will ban the recognition of “foreign laws which would include Sharia law”. The Polish Defence League issues a warning to Muslims. 16 States have all Introduced legislation to ban Sharia Law. Many Muslims in Northern Ireland have announced plans to leave the country to avoid anti-Islamic violence by Irish locals. The announcement comes after an attack on groups of Muslims in the city of Belfast, groups of Irish locals went berserk and bashed teenage Muslim gangs who were referring to young Irish girls as sluts and should be all gang raped, according to Islam and ”Sharia Law”. Even hospital staff were reluctant to treat the battered Muslim patients, the majority were given the Band-Aid treatment and sent home with staff muttering ”Good Riddance”. North Carolina bans Islamic “Sharia Law” in the State, regarding it now as a criminal offence. Dutch MPs call for removal of all mosques in the Netherlands. One member of the Dutch Parliament said: “We want to clean Netherlands of B Islam”. Dutch MP Machiel De Graaf spoke on behalf of the Party for Freedom when he said, “All mosques in the Netherlands should be shut down. Without Islam, the Netherlands would be a wonderful safe country to live in, as it was before the arrival of Muslim refugees”. Please share this e-mail with your family and friends if you agree. If you lack patriotism towards your beloved Christian country simply click on delete. I’m more than happy to forward this on – maybe I’m more of a realist than a racist?

  10. Cloggie on Sat, 27th Jul 2019 9:56 am 

    Interesting take on Chernobyl:

    https://www.eurocanadian.ca/2019/07/chernobyl-is-model-for-future.html

    The impact of the Chernobyl disaster on the environment was much less than what humans inflicted on the area. Nature recovered, including wild life as a result of 100,000 displaced humans.

  11. peakyeast on Thu, 1st Aug 2019 8:12 am 

    Fusion will always be a thing. All we need to do is to collect the power from it… The sun that is. – If we really were an advanced species that shouldnt be too hard.

    But we have squandered away our oppotunities and now we are too many to be able to change our ways.

    I hope for a fast crash, but a slow crash. In the slow case we will slaughter everything else living on earth.

  12. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 1st Aug 2019 10:38 am 

    In the slow case we will slaughter everything else living on earth.
    My view also– kinda why tRump might be the perfect “President”– he and the other sociopaths (well, psychopaths) are putting this in the ditch as fast as they can, and the survivors (if any) might have more resources to survive on.
    (I’m trying to be positive)

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