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by Skipjack
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 226
Views: 190122

Re: More Helion Energy news....

2. That divertor has a molybdenum-coated wall. 3. They have issues with high velocity plasmas causing arcing and erosion on that molybdemium coated wall. I am actually surprised that they are still experimenting with molybdenum coated divertors, this is stuff from 1980's and 1990's. There is alread...
by Skipjack
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: News
Topic: BLP news
Replies: 660
Views: 245344

Re: BLP news

BLP has announced an "invitational public demonstration" to occur some time between January 25th and February 5th of 2021, and a video stream of the event for others interested, on its website, https://brilliantlightpower.com/. Can only hope it will be better than a Rossi-quality demonstration. Sli...
by Skipjack
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 202
Views: 179356

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Gathering data for proving their models, proving controls, not for 'specs'. I get that, but considering how much this costs, it is not really as performant as it should be. Plus at some point I would really like to see some neutrons... So at least a Deuterium campaign would be nice, IMHO and pretty...
by Skipjack
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 226
Views: 190122

Re: More Helion Energy news....

They are still hiring more positions. Some of these positions could allow for some "kremlinology" if one is so inclined. https://jobs.lever.co/helionenergy And then, the most recent thing they posted on Twitter is this: HelionDivertor.JPG 1. They are working on a divertor. 2. That divertor has a mol...
by Skipjack
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 202
Views: 179356

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Seems a bit underwhelming, spec- wise, considering the timeline and cost for this thing...
by Skipjack
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Spherical Tokamaks
Replies: 32
Views: 29403

Re: Spherical Tokamaks

More information about the UKEA plan for their Spherical Tokamak STEP program, which for a government program is rather aggressive. They seem to think that they have solved the problems with instabilities and some of the damage to the walls and they are going to test this in MAST Upgrade. That will ...
by Skipjack
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: JET will attempt Q-record by the end of the decade
Replies: 28
Views: 20235

Re: JET will attempt Q-record by the end of the decade

No, JT-60SA is in Japan. It can not do D+T fusion, but if it could, would likely have beaten JET's record already before the upgrade. From what I have heard JET's record Q attempt was shelved after Cowley left UKEA for PPPL. They are now focusing more on science projects to support ITER. AFAIK, JET'...
by Skipjack
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Tokamak Energy news
Replies: 119
Views: 137541

Re: Tokamak Energy news

From what I understand, they do have experimental data and "power in the bank" from their direct conversion method, though the efficiency is currently a well kept secret.
by Skipjack
Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:05 am
Forum: News
Topic: Tokamak Energy news
Replies: 119
Views: 137541

Re: Tokamak Energy news

The direct conversion system is intrinsic to Helion's reactor design. The charged particles induce a current in the magnets that drive and compress the plasmoids. Plus they can recoup quite a bit of the energy that went into driving the fusion reaction in the first place. This is why they believe th...
by Skipjack
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Tokamak Energy news
Replies: 119
Views: 137541

Re: Tokamak Energy news

That's one of the reasons why I like Helion. They don't have those problems.
I think CFS has a pretty decent grasp on the divertor issue. At least judging from Dennis Whyte's divertor design class.
by Skipjack
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:04 am
Forum: News
Topic: Spherical Tokamaks
Replies: 32
Views: 29403

Re: Spherical Tokamaks

Simulations are only as good as the real life data you base them on. We do now have a pretty good amount of practical experience with STs. Not as much as with regular Toks, but not bad.
by Skipjack
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: Tokamak Energy news
Replies: 119
Views: 137541

Re: Tokamak Energy news

I don't think that TE will be the first, but they will likely be one of the first. I think they have a good chance to beating MIT/CFS, though CFS has a lot more money. I see them definitely beating TAE and and probably General Fusion too.
by Skipjack
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Trump Promotes Fusion Space-Travel
Replies: 1
Views: 484

Re: Trump Promotes Fusion Space-Travel

I don't see TAE anywhere. I see MIFTI, which is a staged Z- Pinch and PPPL, which is a FRC device. Sadly, the more interesting SFS Z- Pinch from ZAP does not seem to be in the running. Also MSNW's Fusion Driven Rocket could have been interesting to look at. PPPL is still quite a few years away from ...
by Skipjack
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: Spherical Tokamaks
Replies: 32
Views: 29403

Re: Spherical Tokamaks

I agree with that, but it shows that there is a path forward to do this IF engineering challenges can be resolved.
Clearly there is a lower limit to the how small it can get, but it is still better than that ITER monstrosity, likely even better than ARC.
by Skipjack
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Spherical Tokamaks
Replies: 32
Views: 29403

Re: Spherical Tokamaks

That sounds very encouraging. Seems like Tokamam Energy made the right choice going for a Spherical Tomakak instead of a regular shaped one like Commonwealth does.