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Fusion milestone passed at US lab

Fusion milestone passed at US lab | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Harnessing fusion - the process that powers the Sun - could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.

But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.

Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion.


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Thorium nuclear reactor trial begins, could provide cleaner, safer, almost-waste-free energy

Thorium nuclear reactor trial begins, could provide cleaner, safer, almost-waste-free energy | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

At a test site in Norway, Thor Energy has successfully created a thorium nuclear reactor — but not in the sense that most people think of when they hear the word thorium. The Norwegians haven’t solved the energy crisis and global warming in one fell swoop — they haven’t created a cold fusion thorium reactor. What they have done, though, which is still very cool, is use thorium instead of uranium in a conventional nuclear reactor. In one fell swoop, thorium fuel, which is safer, less messy to clean up, and not prone to nuclear weapons proliferation, could quench the complaints of nuclear power critics everywhere.


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 19, 2013 3:01 AM

NEW, SAFER WAY TO GO NUCLEAR! Thank you Norway! Hope this proves out well.

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Global Climate at Risk as Nearly 1,200 New Coal Plants Proposed [interactive infographic]

Global Climate at Risk as Nearly 1,200 New Coal Plants Proposed [interactive infographic] | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

The World Resources Institute (WRI) released a report, Global Coal Risk Assessment, that analyzes information about proposed new coal-fired plants and other market trends in order to assess potential future risks to the global climate.

The report finds that there are 1,199 new coal power plants in the works, totaling more than 1.4 million megawatts of capacity worldwide. That’s four times the capacity of all the coal-fired power plants in the U.S. Seventy-six percent of the coal plants are proposed for India and China, with the U.S. seventh in the world for coal power plants in development.
According to the WRI, if all of these projects are built, it would add new coal power capacity that is almost four times the current capacity of all coal-fired plants in the U.S.


View the locations of proposed coal-fired power plants by country in this interactive map at the article link.


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Fusion: The quest to recreate the Sun’s power on Earth

Fusion: The quest to recreate the Sun’s power on Earth | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Cadarache: In the dusty highlands of Provence in southern France, workers have excavated a vast rectangular pit 17 metres (56 feet) down into the unforgiving rocks. From my raised vantage point, I can see bright yellow mechanical diggers and trucks buzzing around the edge of the pit, looking toy-like in the huge construction site. Above us, the fireball Sun dries the air at an unrelenting 37C.

These are embryonic stages to what is perhaps humankind's most ambitious scientific and engineering project: to replicate the Sun here on Earth.


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'Critical phase' for fusion dream

'Critical phase' for fusion dream | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
The world's largest bid to harness the power of nuclear fusion has entered a "critical" phase at Cadarache in the south of France.

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, September 30, 2013 2:10 PM

FUSION ENERGY WORKSHOPS

Only a few seats left in Edmonton and Calgary 

https://abctech.ca/uploads/files/Fusion%20Energy%202013/Agenda%20for%20Fusion%20Workshops.pdf

 

Canada is the only developed nation without a fusion energy research program. Yet fusion as an emerging energy source continues to attract significant public and private interest on a global scale  the The Alberta Council of Technologies is assessing the status of major fusion energy research and its commercial implications for Alberta with support from Alberta Energy and Stantec, the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta. 

The study is engaging teams visiting research sites in Europe, Asia and North America. Preliminary results will be available this fall for workshops in Calgary and Edmonton in October and a follow-on international forum to be held in Edmonton in late November.  The Forum is to help formulate the role Alberta and Canada may play in helping advance the development and commercialization of the emerging technology.  In preparation for the Forum the Alberta Council of Technologies is hosting workshops in ...

Calgary, Friday October 25th at Alberta Innovates - Map

Edmonton, Saturday October 26th at Alberta innovates - Map

The workshops will be of interest for companies and research organizations that have an interest in advanced research and the commercial applications of fusion energy in a host of fields from lasers and photonics, to engineering and construction, analytics and materials science.  The workshops will provide highlights of the study, identify Alberta's research and corporate interests, and discuss how to keep companies and research associates in Alberta up-to-date on the commercial status of the research for the benefit of Alberta and Canada.

This email is to solicit the names and contacts for organizations that are interested in receiving an invitation to the workshop in either Calgary or Edmonton.  The workshop rationale and agenda now follows:

FOR THE WORKSHOP AGENDA CLICK HERE

Please reply or contact either of us with your questions and the basis for your expression of interest to attend either the workshop at AITF's facilities n Calgary or the one in Edmonton.  There is no charge for the half-day workshop and a lite lunch will be served.

Thank you,

 

Perry Kinkaide and Allan Offenberger

Co-Chairs - Alberta/Canada Fusion Energy Alliance

TF 1-866-241-7535 or Local 780-990-5874

 RELATED BACKGROUND

http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nuclear-fusion-research-enters-critical-phase-france

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/global-observer/building-the-worlds-largest-nuclear-fusion-reactor/10646

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Current-and-Future-Generation/Nuclear-Fusion-Power/#.UhbGhz_8Stw

https://lasers.llnl.gov/programs/ife/

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How 3D printing could revolutionise the solar energy industry

How 3D printing could revolutionise the solar energy industry | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

More efficient, less complex and cheaper, 3D solar cells can also capture more sunlight than conventional PV models


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CineversityTV's curator insight, May 31, 2013 10:04 AM

when will this hit the market?

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Power Harvesting and Ambient Energy

Manos Tentzeris at TEDxEmory 2012


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Flying on Chicken Fat

Flying on Chicken Fat | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
To shield themselves from oil price gyrations, airlines are experimenting with fuels that incorporate ingredients like used fryer oil and algae.

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olsen jay nelson's comment, November 15, 2011 6:19 PM
Great! I just found out about electric planes being made by Boeing and that are soon to be incorporated into prominent airline fleets. I can't believe how late to the show I am with hearing about all this.