Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Star power: Small fusion start-ups aim for break-even - New Scientist - New Scientist

Star power: Small fusion start-ups aim for break-even: the Fusion Engine, is the brainchild of a company called Helion Energy, and relies on a very different method of establishing and confining plasmas known as a field-reversed configuration. Discovered at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC in 1960, this process involves accelerating two small, compact balls of plasma into one another at a speed of hundreds of kilometres a second...

Also pursuing the dream is the Canadian firm General Fusion based in Burnaby, British Columbia, using a method called magnetised plasma fusion... It involves igniting fusion in a plasma violently compressed within a cavity created in a spinning sphere of liquid metal.

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