General Fusion in the news

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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby Skipjack » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:23 pm


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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby mvanwink5 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:25 pm

For GF, everything is full size at this time except for the compressor which is 1/3 scale. The next step is full size for the sphere but one shot at a time.
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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby Skipjack » Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:09 am

Looks like GF is still in the process of getting funding for the full size injector and prototype. Another funding round will be needed to make this happen after the next 3 to 6 months of planning:
http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/04/ge ... ore-132246

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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby crowberry » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:55 pm


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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby crowberry » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:29 am

The book of abstracts for SOFE 2017 is available at .

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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby crowberry » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:40 am

General Fusion presented the talk Tokamak compression experiments at General Fusion at the Canadian Association of Physicists congress. The abstract can be read at .

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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby crowberry » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:18 am

General Fusion has posted the slides of the following talks at their home page. The last two talks seem to differ mostly by the title.



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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby mvanwink5 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:21 pm

I try to keep an optimistic schedule view. The status update 'some adiabatic heating during compression' is not helping.

Plasma stability maintained during compression is old, old news. The large Marshall injector that was built end of 2016 may be needed to do the chemical compression experiments properly, but I am no adiabatic plasma compression specialist to really know that; such a specialist likely has super secret nosebleed science clearance level and likely has 24/7 armed guards living in the house next door to protect from North Korea or ISIS kidnapping.

No wonder GF gets no help. From here on out we will likely see nothing published and will not likely know success other than to see funding for the 200 piston 3 meter test prototype. Optimistically? Maybe next year?

I think TriAlpha is 2 to 3 years ahead of GF at this point. That of course is a 10 cent bet, not even a $1 bet.
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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby crowberry » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:56 pm

Comparing the different fusion companies is rather difficult as they are in different stages and in some cases target different goal. TAE has a much longer road ahead because they aim for pB11 compared to GF which aims for DT. TAE has been able to rebuild and upgrade their devices with a fast pace lately. GF has also steadily improved their results. The amount of money required for developing a power plant technology is so huge that I doubt that GF or any other company will go dark with their progress and results.

It is very interesting to see that GF is ready to start planning and building their integrated full scale prototype device, but of course that will take a couple of years. It will also be interesting to see what TAE and Tokamak Energy are able to do during that time.

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Re: General Fusion in the news

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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby mvanwink5 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:32 pm

Near term, cheap, dark horse fusion hits the air waves, GF - TED, LM - Announcement. The race is on.

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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby mvanwink5 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:37 pm

Speaking about TriAlpha, yes, boron is a huge bar to jump, but I consider TA a success if they can reach sustained fusion conditions with deuterium. But that is me. I imagine the C-2W machine might show that, or near enough. I think C-2W will ignite the race to commercial for all parties.
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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby crowberry » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:19 pm


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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby mvanwink5 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:38 pm

I had understood that temperature scaling was the purpose of C2-W. It makes no sense to be short of PB11 and leave doubt for another machine to resolve (unless they have an interim commercial target short of PB11 - I had not heard that).

Still, GF is the only one I have seen ev targets and status for (1200 ev target, and last I heard reported by GF they were at 400 ev).

I have no inside contacts, just a fanboy that reads what they publish and present in videos.
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Re: General Fusion in the news

Postby Skipjack » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:10 pm

IIRC TAE at one point had plans for an interim design that would "burn" D+T in case PB11 would take too long with funding drying up. They would market D+T reactors until they had refined their reactor enough that PB11 would work.
That was years ago however and I am not sure it is still in their books.


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