Making attractive fusion claims that are not falsehoods is difficult to do. Get local Breaking News alerts sent directly to your inbox. When quench occurs, instead of generating almost zero heat in the superconducting state, the electrical current generates substantial resistive heating in the cable. The scientists anticipate the output would be more than twice the power used to heat the plasma, achieving the ultimate technical milestone: positive net energy from fusion. MIT News —.

David Chandler/MIT News. Commonwealth Fusion Systems Raises $115 Million and Closes Series A Round to Commercialize Fusion Energy. Nuclear fusion is the process the Sun uses to produce energy. Our continued investment in CFS fits strongly within our mission as we seek long-term solutions to address the world's energy challenges," said Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director and Founder, Future Ventures. CFS was spun out of MIT and is collaborating with MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center to leverage decades of research combined with the innovation and speed of the private sector. In fact, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, offshore wind in the United States has a technical resource potential of over 2,000.. "France gets 70% of its power from one carbon-free source. “In an actual commercial fusion-energy-producing facility, intense heat and radiation deep inside the reactor will require routine component replacements,” he says. “If we’re successful in what we’re doing and in other technologies, fusion energy will start to make a difference in mitigating climate change — not in 100 years, but in 10 years.”, SOURCE: MIT spinout company Commonwealth Fusion Systems. This makes the cable an ideal building material for winding into coils capable of generating and containing magnetic fields of enormous strength, such as those required to make fusion devices substantially smaller than presently envisioned net-energy fusion devices. The team’s research was published on Oct. 7 in Superconductor Science and Technology.
For every watt of electrical power put into the JET system, it released 0.02 Watts of power from fusion.

Matt, private investment has never been interested in the big picture, in delivering returns 80 years from now.

Within the next decade, the team hopes to develop a prototype reactor [SPARC] that can generate more energy than it consumes. A 2030 rollout would be exciting, seems like a compelling story to watch. experience in functional analysis, requirements management, interface management, modeling and simulation, systems integration, verification and validation, commissioning, etc.

Had White and Whyte said “fusion device to make more fusion power than it consumes,” their claim would have been misleading but technically legitimate. The team incorporated two types of temperature-sensing fibre optic technology developed by collaborators at CERN and Robinson Research Institute. Meanwhile, because of MIT and Commonwealth’s omissions and misleading use of technical language, the prestigious university and its spinoff have misled most of the journalists who have covered the story. Reliability Compliance Specialist/Sr. Cryogenic coolant, such as supercritical helium, can flow easily through the cable to remove heat and keep the cable cold even under challenging conditions. Reliability Compliance SpecialistCity Utilities of SpringfieldSpringfield, Missouri, Principal Power System OperatorCity of BurbankBurbank, California, Chief Operating OfficerNorth Carolina's Electric CooperativesRaleigh, North Carolina, 1st Class Electric LinemanBorough of EphrataEphrata, Pennsylvania, Electric & Gas Utility Journey Relay TechnicianCity of TallahasseeTallahassee, Florida, Asset ManagerIndeck Energy Services, Inc.Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Technology Services Vice President & CTOLincoln Electric Service (LES)Lincoln, Nebraska, Electrical Line Technician InstructorNorthern Michigan UniversityMarquette, Michigan, Engineer-Generation Engineering & Project ManagementClecoPineville, Louisiana, Assurance & Business Advisory Professional (Internal Audit)ClecoPineville, Louisiana, IT Business AnalystClecoPineville, Louisiana, Quantitative Risk AnalystClecoPineville, Louisiana, IT Financial AnalystClecoPineville, Louisiana, Manager 2 or Manager 1NG GilbertMuncie, Indiana, Motor-Generator Operator-TechnicianPrinceton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)Princeton, New Jersey, Senior Technical Sales and Production EngineerSecuControl, Inc.Alexandria, Virginia, Engineering Technician I/II Modesto Irrigation DistrictModesto, California, 5602 Utility SpecialistSan Francisco Public Utilities CommissionSan Francisco, California, Finance ministers from G20 countries should consider extending monetary support to emerging economies that goes beyond debt relief.

An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup. CFS raised an additional $84 million in Series A2 funding from Temasek, Equinor, and Devonshire Investors, as well as from previous investors. Martin Greenwald, deputy director of the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center. We all tightly align with our company values of integrity, execution, impact and self-critique. Whyte replied and said the details were confidential. “We want to avoid this situation or, if not, at least know about it as quickly and certainly as possible.”. What is the purpose of FERC706-B and why are some of these Nuclear plants exempt? Cloudy, warm, and rather humid with rain much of the time. In a June 27, 2019, press release, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, a private spin-off from MIT, said it had raised another $50 million from investors, bringing its total fusion reactor funding to $115 million. Although this fusion is certainly different than the fission currently used, what kind of obstacles do we imagine standing in the way of majority public support for this technology? SPARC will pave the way for the first commercially viable fusion power plant called ARC. “The key thing we can do with VIPER cable is make a magnetic field two to three times stronger at the size required than the present generation of superconducting magnet technology,” Hartwig says. “Being able to take these joints apart and put them back together is a significant step towards making fusion a cost-effective proposition.”.

Scientists have long sought to harness fusion as an inexhaustible and carbon-free energy source. The 12 VIPER cables that Hartwig’s team built, running between one and 12 meters in length, were evaluated with bending tests, thousands of sudden “on-off” mechanical cycles, multiple cryogenic thermal cycles, and dozens of quench-like events to simulate the kind of punishing conditions encountered in the magnets of a fusion device. Branded VIPER (an acronymic feat that stands for Vacuum Pressure Impregnated, Insulated, Partially transposed, Extruded, and Roll-formed), it consists of commercially produced thin steel tapes coated with HTS compound — yttrium-barium-copper-oxide — that are packaged into an assembly of copper and steel components to form the cable. I know it's hard to speculate timelines far out especially when still in the research phase-- but what's the broad hope/outlook for when this could be commercially available?

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Fusion leaders at MIT and Commonwealth have had a year to correct any unintended misinterpretations of their public communications and set the record straight. Now a team led by MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) and MIT spinout company Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), has developed and extensively tested an HTS cable technology that can be scaled and engineered into the high-performance magnets.

But attempts to replicate that process here on Earth have all needed more energy to run them than they generate (our existing nuclear plants use fission). Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) is on track to bring fusion energy technology to market. Top MIT executives have been involved in the well-coordinated publicity campaign. Writer and editor skilled in translating complex research for lay audiences.