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Project Matterhorn was a Cold War program to control and harness thermonuclear reactions to create fusion power. Nuclear fusion occurs when two atoms fuse together (usually hydrogen) to form a heavier atom (helium), and releasing a vast amount of energy in the process. This process can only occur at incredibly high temperatures, such as the center of a star (such as our Sun). Every second, the Sun fuses 500 million tons of hydrogen into helium, releasing about 5 million tons of gamma rays that eventually heat and illuminate Earth. For a long time (Project Matterhorn started in 1951), nuclear f... More →
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Vivien Diniz reports that American defense and advanced technology company Lockheed Martin announced last week that it has taken a revolutionary step forward in the field of nuclear fusion. The breakthrough, the company claims, could solve the world energy crisis. To test its theory, Lockheed will be building and testing a compact fusion reactor in less than a year. Checking in at about 10 times smaller than current reactors, Lockheed hopes to develop and deploy new compact fusion reactors in as little as 10 years. Still in the experimental phase, nuclear fusion happens when two kinds of hydro... More →
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Helium One has announced the discovery of significant helium resources exist in the Rukwa Basin of northen Tanzania. Independent experts, Netherland Sewell and Associates Incorporated (NSAI), have estimated an Unrisked Prospective Recoverable Helium Resource (P50) of 54.2 billion standard cubic feet. This resource occurs in 27 leads, defined by 2D seismic and is supported by data from two legacy exploration wells.

Further, Oxford University Department of Earth Sciences have confirmed helium migration within the basin through their recent geochemical analysis of surface gas emanation... More →
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Full title: Using Thorium Energy to Address Environmental Problems. Outstanding lecture.
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September 30, 2016, scientists and engineers at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center made a leap forward in the pursuit of clean energy. The team set a new world record for plasma pressure in the Institute Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor. Plasma pressure is the key ingredient to producing energy from nuclear fusion, and MIT new result achieves over 2 atmospheres of pressure for the first time.

Nuclear fusion has the potential to produce nearly unlimited supplies of clean, safe, carbon-free energy. Fusion is the same process that powers the sun, and it can be realize... More →
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Stewart Prager and Michael C. Zarnstorf report that for centuries, humans have dreamed of harnessing the power of the sun to energize our lives here on Earth. But we want to go beyond collecting solar energy, and one day generate our own from a mini-sun. If were able to solve an extremely complex set of scientific and engineering problems, fusion energy promises a green, safe, unlimited source of energy. From just one kilogram of deuterium extracted from water per day could come enough electricity to power hundreds of thousands of homes.

Since the 1950s, scientific and engineering r... More →
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French Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry, announced the decision to increase the float capital of the AREVA group, in which France is currently, either directly or indirectly, the majority shareholder with an 87% stake.
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If thorium had been used instead of uranium as the fuel in Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, there would have been no risk of a meltdown after the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami. And South Africa has 18 000 tonnes of the material, according to John Prior of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation.
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We assumed nuclear fusion would be the solution but lost confidence after constant news of imminent breakthroughs that never seemed to come. We thought renewables like wind and solar power would be the solution but lost confidence after we learned that power grids are dependant on a baseload of power that renewables do not seem capable of supplying in its entirety. We had come to the grim conclusion that uranium-based nuclear power would be the source of this baseload with gas-fired plants stepping in (and spewing carbon dioxide) when demand was high.

Against this sombre backdrop, i... More →
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Harrison H. Schmitt reports in Chapter 2 of the EMD Memoir 101 that the financial, environmental, and national security carrot for helium-3 fusion power requires access to low-cost lunar helium-3. Helium-3 fusion potentially would provide an environmentally benign means of helping to meet an anticipated ninefold increase in energy demand by 2050.

Not available in other than research quantities on Earth, this light isotope of ordinary helium-4 reaches the Moon as a component of the solar wind. Embedded continuously in the lunar dust for billions of years, concentrations have reached... More →
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Dieter Beike reports in Chapter 3 of the EMD Memoir 101 that lunar helium-3 is considered one of the potential resources for utilization as a fuel source for future Earth-based nuclear fusion plants. With a potential start-up of a commercial fusion power plant by the year 2050, Beike describes technology and commercial aspects for a lunar helium-3 mining operation that could fuel such a power plant. Barriers for development are mostly inferred to exist in the fusion part of the helium-3 value chain.

Commercially, a helium-3 operation would have to compete with other energy supply s... More →
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Bruce L. Cutright reports in Chapter 4 of the EMD Memoir 101 that near-earth asteroids and comets, collectively the near-Earth objects - NEOs, represent a large population of minor planetary bodies whose orbits lie mostly within the zone between Venus and Mars. Many of these objects cross the Earth orbit, providing relatively easy access from Earth for manned or robotic sampling and exploration missions with fewer propulsion requirements than trips to the Moon or to Mars. This chapter provides a review of NEOs in the context of supporting, through in-situ resource utilization, an active and ex... More →
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James F. Reilly II reports in Chapter 7 of the EMD Memoir 101 that any frontier exploration effort transitions eventually to an exploitation phase. Exploitation can be research or economic in nature. In either case, a regulatory framework is required to coordinate and govern any activity in the new realm. The Earth orbital regime has entered the exploitation phase with the advent of a permanent research facility in the form of the International Space Station - ISS - and increasing activity in the private sector. The lunar regime and perhaps near-Earth asteroids will be potentially entering the... More →
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The BEC Crew report that just last week, we reported that the German revolutionary nuclear fusion machine managed to heat hydrogen gas to 80 million degrees Celsius, and sustain a cloud of hydrogen plasma for a quarter of a second. This was a huge milestone in the decades-long pursuit of controlled nuclear fusion, because if we can produce and hold onto hydrogen plasma for a certain period, we can harness the clean, practically limitless energy that fuels our Sun.

Now physicists in China have announced that their own nuclear fusion machine, called the Experimental Advanced Supercond... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the science of nuclear fusion took a major step forward today. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory blasted a small amount of deuterium and tritium (two isotopes of hydrogen in a hohlraum target super-cooled to minus 426 F) with lasers fed with 500 megajoules of electricity over a hundred millionth of a second, about ten trillion times the entire electrical output of America over that short time period. The target then produced more energy than it absorbed (USA Today).

But before you get y... More →
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Uranium market watchers and proponents of nuclear power have undoubtedly encountered thorium, the unicorn in the room when it comes to clean energy. As the world nuclear energy consumption increases and future supply of uranium remains uncertain (this in not true), thorium is being looked into as a possible alternative to uranium to provide safe and abundant nuclear power at a reasonable cost. But what is thorium and how can it play into the global energy future?

Thorium, a slightly radioactive metal that occurs in rocks and sands. It is more abundant in nature than uranium and is f... More →
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Current conditions by quarter.
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Peter Kelly-Detwiler reports that Lockheed Martin is thinking big. The company announced this week that it is on the fast track to developing small nuclear fusion reactors. The methodology is to harness fusion by containing the power of the sun in a small magnetic bottle. Head of the project, Tom McGuire, announced that his team - which has several patents - was going public in order to find potential government and industry partners to support this four-year-old effort to build a 100 megawatt - MW - reactor seven feet wide by ten feet long.

Fusion involves heating up a gas and sepa... More →
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Richard Martin also reported earlier that after three decades of expensive government-funded research that has failed to produce tangible breakthroughs, nuclear fusion has gone from a promising source of effectively limitless power to something more like a punch line. In the past year, that has started to change, however. Several privately funded companies and small university-based research groups pursuing novel fusion reactor designs have delivered promising results that could shorten the timeline for producing a prototype machine from decades to several years. Commercial power generation fr... More →
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Karla Lant reports that after being turned on for the first time, the UK newest fusion reactor has achieved first plasma. This simply means that the reactor was able to successfully generate a molten mass of electrically-charged gas, plasma, inside its core.

Called the ST40, the reactor was constructed by Tokamak Energy, one of the leading private fusion energy companies in the world. The company was founded in 2009 with the express purpose of designing and developing small fusion reactors to introduce fusion power into the grid by 2030.

Now that the ST40 is running, the ... More →
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Climate change, clean technology and innovation are now identified in provincial and federal agendas as major issues facing Canada (and the world) future. The central questions are threefold ...

1) how do we satisfy the large future energy requirements of the developed and
especially developing countries,

2) how do we do this in a sustainable, environmentally acceptable way, and

3) how do we ensure suitable economic opportunity for our children, grandchildren and future generations in an energy dependent society?

Associated issues include ...... More →
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Stuart Gary reports that clean, cheap nuclear energy is often touted as a means to battle climate change. But how close are we to having nuclear plants that fit the clean, green bill? What are the different technologies and what do they offer?

More than 10% of the world electricity currently comes from nuclear power plants. These existing plants all rely on nuclear fission, a chain reaction where uranium atoms are split to release extraordinary amounts of energy and, unfortunately, high levels of radioactive waste (that are stored safely on site). But a different type of nuclear rea... More →
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Founded in 2007, as Hyperion Power Generation Inc., Gen4 Energy is a private company formed to commercialize the Gen4 Module, an advanced technology mini reactor. Based on intellectual property developed by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and leveraging forty years of technological advancement, the Gen4 Module was designed to fill a previously unmet need for a physically small and transportable power source that is safe, clean, sustainable, and cost-efficient.
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WNN reports that after more than a year of technical preparations and tests, the German Wendelstein 7-X stellarator has produced its first helium plasma. Assembly of the the largest stellarator-type fusion device, at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany, began in April 2005 and was completed in April 2014. The operational preparations have been under way ever since.

Each technical system, the vacuum in the vessels, the cooling system, the superconducting coils and the magnetic field they produce, the control system, as well as the heating devices ... More →
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Eric Roston, of Bloomberg, blogs that fusion has always drawn energy futurists. It is the perfect topic for them, since it has been 30 years away for at least four decades. While fission produces energy by splitting atoms of uranium or plutonium, fusion would eliminate planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions if scientists could only harness its power in a controlled fashion.

Such technology would not produce long-lasting radioactive waste, and unlike a sun that sets or wind that dies down, fusion would not need battery back-up. It would work all the time, not unlike the current fis... More →
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