- Max Greenwood, TechVibes
At a laboratory in Vancouver, Canada, scientists donning red coats are working to recreate the scorching, 100-million degree conditions inside the core of our sun. They use a two-story-high, octopus-like metal apparatus to collapse walls of silver liquid metal over hydrogen atoms, fusing the particles together and releasing heat. This heat is then turned into carbon-free energy.
General Fusion achieves first plasma in new machine - a milestone for private fusion ventureVancouver, Canada - Ten times more powerful than its predecessor, the world’s largest and most powerful plasma injector has begun operation at General Fusion’s facilities in Vancouver, Canada. This new machine (PI3) recently generated its first plasma, marking a significant step forward in the commercialization of the company’s technology – a technology that will transform the global energy industry. General Fusion’s commercialization program has moved forward rapidly, building on plasma performance milestones achieved in its smaller plasma injectors. The company has developed and tested 18 increasingly sophisticated plasma injectors over the past decade, culminating in PI3, which is the largest and most powerful such machine ever developed.
“This is an important milestone for the company, successfully translating the knowledge gained and technology developed from over 150,000 plasma experiments into a machine that is of comparable scale to what is needed for a commercial fusion power plant,” said General Fusion CEO Chris Mowry.
- Jan Oliver Löfken, MIT Technology Review Germany:
Private companies want to outdo the state-ownedfusion reactor ITER. In 2017, these companies have made remarkable progress with relatively little resources.
(Article in German - Drei gegen den Rest der Welt)
If the processes powering the fusion reactor at the Sun's core could be recreated on Earth, it would be one of the most important events in the history of our species. Nuclear fusion power plants could end our dependency on fossil fuels and provide a virtually limitless, highly efficient source of clean energy. We went to two of the world's leading nuclear fusion research centers—Sandia National Labs in New Mexico and General Fusion outside Vancouver—to see how close we are to bringing the power of the stars down to Earth.
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Expanded team accelerates transition to integrated prototype program
Clean energy leader General Fusion is enhancing the company’s design engineering capabilities and strategic partnerships with new leadership from veteran energy industry experts. The move comes as the company begins to transition its systems-level development activities into the development of a proof-of-concept fusion prototype machine.
- Phare Ouest, Radio Canada with Marie Villeneuve:
General Fusion Chief Science Officer Michel Laberge spoke to Marie Villeneuve on Radio Canada's Phare Ouest French-language program about fusion energy, private fusion companies and the latest research being presented at the 2017 Exploratory Plasma and Fusion Research Workshop in Vancouver this week. (Interview in French):
La recherche du plasma et de la fusion nucléaire permet de développer une source d'énergie propre, sécuritaire et illimitée. Des chercheurs sont présentement réunis à Vancouver pour partager leur expertise en la matière. Les explications de Michel Laberge, fondateur de General Fusion de Burnaby en Colombie-Britannique
- Early Edition, CBC Radio Vancouver with Gloria Macarenko:
General Fusion CTO Michael Delage spoke to Gloria Macarenko on CBC Radio's Early Edition about fusion energy, private fusion companies and the latest research being presented at the 2017 Exploratory Plasma and Fusion Research Workshop in Vancouver this week.
More than 50 of the world’s foremost scientists meet in Canada for the first timeVANCOUVER, CANADA – An annual gathering focusing on cutting-edge fusion energy research is being held outside the U.S. for the first time, with Vancouver-based clean energy leader General Fusion hosting the event from August 1-4.
The Exploratory Plasma and Fusion Research Workshop (EPR), which has previously been held at major U.S. research centers such as the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, will bring fusion industry experts from around the world to Vancouver. They will focus on overcoming key technical challenges with solutions that will unlock the potential of fusion to provide a clean, safe, and cost-effective source of energy.