Fusion Power: First Plasma Has Been Achieved

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.

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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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8 Comments on Fusion Power: First Plasma Has Been Achieved

  1. It’s not just larger companies like Tokamak that are working on creating fusion energy. Smaller companies throughout the US are also participating in the fusion race and some actually have superior technology (it’s just not as widely publicized). Check out what these guys are doing at http://www.lppfusion.com

  2. Nuclear fusion is probably impractical because most proposed reactions release the energy primarily as 14MeV neutrons. Not only are neutrons a big problem to have around, it is very difficult to harness their energy.

  3. lppfusion has made it very clear that the immigrants that work there are trying to influence our government and elections. I don’t care what a American says about any of our government’s leaders(Good or Bad). But to have a non American that is our guest here badmouth our president is like a slap in our face. We should ask them to leave, the same way we would ask a guest in our house to leave, if he was badmouthing our moms cooking.

  4. Johnny Foreigner here. I don’t work at ippfusion but your country surely is run by a very incomprehensible jizztrumpet. Besides leading edge fusion research isn’t happening in America anyway your jizztrumpet wants back to coalmines it’s the Europeans who are trailblazing the fusion show

  5. Hay Johnny Foreigner your much more confusing and incomprehensible than President Trump. Since he is human, he does make mistakes but they are unintentional. Who is jizztrumpet? And that is about as confusing, incomprehensible and INTENTIONAL as it gets. I realize you were just trying to bolster a inferiority complex by trying to sound smart and funny like a clown. Well you got the clown part right.

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