Plasma Fusion Device Gets Go Ahead from French Government

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) has finally been given the go ahead by French authorities. The ITER organisation received a letter from the French Safety Authority, Agence de sûreté nucléaire (ASN), on 20 June 2012 which granted a license to build an experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor in the south of France. Construction of ITER …

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Why Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Results are Not Even Wrong; a Detailed Analysis.

A while back, I responded to a claim from Lawrenceville Plasma Physics that they were close to a commercial fusion reactor.  I was annoyed that such claims were being made and even more concerned that such claims were not receiving a strong criticism from the scientific community.  I read the paper published in the journal - …

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Lawrenceville Plasma Physics is Back in the News

I see that Lawrenceville Plasma Physics is back in the news again with the announcement of a collaboration between LPP and an Iranian research institution.  The collaboration agreement is for scientific publications on aneutronic fusion, which some sources claim could be a possible route to cheap, safe, clean energy.  This blog believes the claim is the result …

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Pulsed Plasma Uses Novel Compression to Achieve a Low Cost Path to Fusion Energy.

Magnetized target fusion is a hybrid approach to fusion that lies between magnetic confined fusion (MCF) and inertial confinement (ICF).  This is a series contenter for a real fusion reactor and has been described as a low cost path to commercial fusion. It is strickly speaking an inertial method. The density is increased through a …

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Scientists Propose a Solution to a Critical Barrier to Producing Fusion

Physicists have discovered a possible solution to a mystery that has long baffled researchers working to harness fusion. If confirmed by experiment, the finding could help scientists eliminate a major impediment to the development of fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy for producing electric power. An in-depth analysis by scientists from the …

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CNBC report on fusion

A front page special report by Trevor Curwin, on the CNBC website is promoting the Lawrenceville Plasma Physics company. The report claims that "one New Jersey company is continuing a steady march toward commercializing this powerful energy source".   In the report Eric Lerner, president of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, claims that "the next step that is to have an environment …

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