Article: Knowledge, Capital, and a Growing Sense of Mission: Fusion Energy Development Enters a New Era

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Article: Knowledge, Capital, and a Growing Sense of Mission: Fusion Energy Development Enters a New Era

Postby crowberry » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:28 am

Peter Dunn has written the article Knowledge, Capital, and a Growing Sense of Mission: Fusion Energy Development Enters a New Era, which is a nice overview of what is going on with the fusion companies. There is small errors in the fusion time line and the General Fusion drawing is outdated, but the article is worth reading.

https://medium.com/theengine/knowledge-capital-and-a-growing-sense-of-mission-fusion-energy-development-enters-a-new-era-d951c551cef5

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Re: Article: Knowledge, Capital, and a Growing Sense of Mission: Fusion Energy Development Enters a New Era

Postby ladajo » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:01 pm

Sadly, two mentioned are slow motion flaming trainwrecks seeking a mountain to run into.
And Polywell was not mentioned at all (or contacted as far as I know).
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Re: Article: Knowledge, Capital, and a Growing Sense of Mission: Fusion Energy Development Enters a New Era

Postby PolyGirl » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:47 am

There is a mention of Polywell in the article (albeit, it is the first picture) following the paragraph that starts "UK-based Tokamak Energy has stated a goal".

The picture history was the best thing of the whole article.

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Re: Article: Knowledge, Capital, and a Growing Sense of Mission: Fusion Energy Development Enters a New Era

Postby mvanwink5 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:39 am

It seems that until Polywell finishes with their simulations there is no larger support. All the other projects have sizable $ support. Even LPP has hardware $.

It has been so long since I have heard of where EMC2 is on getting the simulation results needed, I have forgotten. 2019? 2020? 2021? I don't even think about them now and neither did the writer. Fusion will happen with or without Polywell.

I still think that the size of Polywell will in the end make it a winner... if they can ever get the money...iff, a huge if.
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Re: Article: Knowledge, Capital, and a Growing Sense of Mission: Fusion Energy Development Enters a New Era

Postby crowberry » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:15 pm

The article mentions that there is an investment company solely devoted to fusion, which is quite interesting. The idea of having investment companies like that was discussed last year at the ARPA-E ALPHA annual review meeting, so possibly there will be more similar efforts in the near future.
https://arpa-e.energy.gov/sites/default/files/7_INGERSOLL.pdf

I agree that the popular articles about the fusion companies rarely give a balanced overview of the different efforts. The number of groups developing alternative fusion is more than twenty http://generalfusion.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/20180912-PEIA-Vancouver-Michel-Laberge-Fusion.pdf. No short article can cover all of those at once. It is true that a few minutes with Google and browsing Wikipedia would easily reveal the players in the field and their achievements, but apparently quite often this background groundwork is done superficially or not at all. It should also be remembered that EMC2 has chosen for the time being to stay low in terms of publicity, so that probably also has an effect.

Hopefully the funding for EMC2 will improve if they get their two patent applications approved. Since their old patents have expired they don't
have currently valid patents. If you look at the other companies who have gotten funding lately, they all have patents granted to them.


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