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Fusion success . . . stable plasma at more than 75 million degrees Celsius . . . yep, that's 75 million degrees!

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Energy Market Specialist Hitachi Energy USA Inc.

Kent Knutson is a market specialist focusing on energy industry intelligence for Hitachi Energy.  He has more than 30 years of experience designing and developing intelligence products for some...

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TAE Technologies, Inc exceeds fusion reactor performance goals by 250%, as the company closes $250 million financing round, totaling $1.2 billion to date. TAE's fifth-generation reactor, Norman, was unveiled in 2017 and was designed to keep plasma stable at 30 million degrees Celsius. After five years of experiments to optimize Norman's capabilities, the machine has proven capable of sustaining stable plasma at more than 75 million degrees Celsius, 250% higher than its original goal.

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Matt Chester on Jul 21, 2022

What are the implications of exceeding the goal by that much-- does it just allow for greater efficiency in generation ultimately? 

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Kent Knutson on Jul 22, 2022

Hi Matt, I am certainly not an expert in nuclear fusion.  LOL!  I just find the technology fascinating!  Hopefully, power generation from fusion will be a big part of the future. It has my support!     

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Matt Chester on Jul 22, 2022

Likewise. Carbon-free baseload generation? Sounds good to me!

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