Amazing what a buried story this is, shall we party now?
People are still tweeting about the NYT's piece on the SPARC nuclear #fusionenergy release, so as a fusion PhD student I'm going to explain what it is and isn't... 🧵
“in seven peer-reviewed papers published Tuesday...researchers laid out the evidence that Sparc would... produce as much as 10 times the energy it consumes” Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest - The New York Times
It’d be awesome if one day we look back and see this as one of the big events in 2020
If at all true, clearly a much bigger story than anything that happens at the debate tonight.
Pretty neat, but hard to get *too* excited until we see that sweet, sweet LCOE data: by
Remember "too cheap to meter" fusion power? There's renewed hope that it might contribute to the fight against climate change, sooner rather than later.
If validated, this is huge. Still years away. And whether it would be cost-competitive is a whole other question. But, cause for optimism!
👀 Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest
If true - and I say this as a total politics junkie - this is more important than any election
People really need to understand the importance of IMPENDING DEADLINES in the debate around decarbonization. It's why a nuclear fusion demonstration plant that starts running in the early 2030s is pretty irrelevant to climate targets.
I took a break from writing about short- and long-term disasters and wrote about a potentially promising development in the world of fusion power. Accent on "potentially."
If you thought California deciding that all new vehicles must have zero-emissions motors by 2035 was bad news for Alberta, consider this
“If we can overcome the engineering challenges, this machine will perform as we predict.”
Lots of doomerism on this timeline as of late so thought I would brighten up with some genuinely great news for humanity "Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest"
NY Times article indicates that a compact fusion reactor "is very likely to work": A high-level thread on the promise and challenge of fusion reactors. 1/
A fusion reactor. It might really be just around the corner, this time. By
I think this might be the only good news I've seen today: Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest
Nuclear fusion energy 🌞 How close are we to putting fusion on the grid? What will it take to get there? And what does it mean for a reactor to "work"? A thread. 1/
#read: Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest
told me several years ago that it looked as if fusion reactors were actually on the horizon. I'm afraid I didn't believe him. Now I'm starting to hope.
This is miraculous—if true.
I'd read (/write??) a re-evaluation of media coverage of nuclear power in the 20th Century... is there one out there?
To say this would be huge is ... let's just say it would be huge.
It's not quite the "Mr. Fusion" of Back to the Future, but scientists are planning a compact reactor that could renew the long-elusive dream of mimicking the way the sun produces energy — and contribute to the fight against climate change.
Cool, stuff like this definitely merits more funding for research, development and demonstration. But getting from what works on paper to what is cost-effective to deploy is still a long and highly uncertain journey.
Promising news for clean energy
People are getting excited again about the possibility of fusion power within a decade. Sparc at MIT hopes to leap-frog ITER in France.
Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest
Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest - The New York Times #SDG7
Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest
"But in seven peer-reviewed papers published Tuesday in a special issue of The Journal of Plasma Physics, researchers laid out the evidence that Sparc would succeed and produce as much as 10 times the energy it consumes."
Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is "Very Likely to Work," Studies Suggest
I could say my plan to give up donuts is "very likely to work" but I don't expect the New York Times to write a story about it.
This is why you need to let science be science. Cause you never know what you’ll find when you’re wandering the “endless frontier.”
Poring over petabytes of data and finding evidence of helium nuclei is not the same thing as a workable fusion power source for electricity generation at the appropriate scales.
"...expected to begin next spring and take three or four years...the company said construction would be followed by testing and, if successful, building of a power plant that could use fusion energy to generate electricity, beginning in the next decade."
I've seen a lot of people tweeting this as some kind of breakthrough - it's not, it's a more detailed design study building on lots of previous work from MIT and CFS. But it's great to see it starting to get some traction!
news of 2040: "Scientists warn of 'climate whipsaw' effect from 97% drop in fossil fuel usage; urge fusion/solar taxes & carbon subsidies in 'goldilocks new deal' to ensure 'gentle landing'"