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Homage To The Fusioneer - December 2012
When I was in graduate school, I could not understand why the world was not investing in fusion research. For me, climate change was the greatest problem facing the human race - and any energy technology that was green, cheap and plentiful was where we needed to invest. Fusion power has the potential to be that solution; a new tool in mankinds’ fight against climate change. But the world has written off fusion as impossible; and the last 60 years have done little to change that. Why were fusion researchers not celebrated? I knew this view point was not unique and lots of fusion supporters feel the same way. I wanted a way to communicate this ethos to the world. At the time, I was a competitive long distance runner and I was a fan of the Nike courage ad campaign. So starting in the Fall of 2012, I began collecting films, photos and papers which documented the decades long effort to develop fusion power. I assembled this film over 3 months and released it in December of 2012. It is dedicated to all those who worked on fusion power - both the good and the bad ideas - and never got recognized.
The Fusion Podcast - April 2017
The goal of The Fusion Podcast is the explain what fusion researchers are doing in simple plain English for normal people. To date, I have done 22 interviews with some fantastic and brilliant individuals; and there is so much more that can be done. What we need is a Radiolab style show dedicated to fusion research. It could cover the technologies, people and problems associated with fusion research. This podcast was an immense amount of work for a single individual. I also created three episodes over 2 months that had music, sound effects and were mixed together. The interviews are available on my YouTube channel, iTunes, Stitcher and www.thefusionpodcast.com. Below are a selection of these interviews.
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Experimental fusion also has supporters in the space community. In May of 2015, Dr. David Livingston offered to interview me for The Space Show; below is the audio from that interview. You can support The Space Show by making a tax deductible donation to the One Giant Leap Foundation.
We welcomed Dr. Matthew Moynihan to the program to discuss the Polywell and the fusion industry and progress. In the first segment of our 1 hour 48 minute discussion, we opened up talking about fusors. Also, Dr. Moynihan mentioned several organizations, individuals and companies during the show. If you are so inclined, do follow up on his list of contacts regarding fusion.
In January 2018, Gabe Ignetti reached out to Mr. Robert Steinhaus, Dr. Ralph Moir and myself to participate in a discussion in fusion research. Gabe was a wonderfully nice guy who conducted and edited the multi-way interview. The ecomodernist podcast explores new ways to explore environmentalism. This podcast is re-posted here, from April of 2018.
Top Ten Things You Should Know About Fusion - March 2019
We have Been Doing It For Years. We discovered fusion in 1933 and we did it using a H-bomb in 1952, but the first fusion machine was Scyalla-1 in 1958.
We Know How To Make It Work. John Lawson applied an energy balance across a plasma-base fusion power plant and developed key metrics for what it takes to make fusion power real.
You Can Do Fusion At Home. Fusors are great ways to get into this space for anyone who is interested. The tools for fusors are cheap and available online.
The US Really Funded Fusion For about 15 years. The US really pushed fusion from the 70’s oil crisis, but made major cuts to the budget in the middle of the eighties. Magnetic mirrors rose and fell with this funding.
There Is More Than One Method. Yes, you have heard of the tokamak - but there are lots of good ideas out there that have not been funded by the federal government.
Fusion Startups Are Real. This space is heating up. We are likely over ~1.5 billion now (Spring 2019) and we probably have staffing of ~500 folks spread across ~15+ organizations. Yes, there are some bad ideas out there, but this activity is exciting. Please, no hoaxes.
We Need A Pipeline. The US government needs to fund fusion the same way we fund bio-tech. We need tiers of ideas, where small groups get a couple of a million a year, middle groups get 8 to 10 million and major groups get 100 to 150 million. Teams need to be able to move up or down the pipeline, based on a proximity to the power plant.
China Is Taking An Interest. On both the private and public side, China is taking a serious interest in this technology. China has INEST; a public office of advanced fusion-fission research. The closest thing the US has is GAIN - a new program from the DOE to support advanced fission. The Chinese O&G company ENN has hired a staff of 30 people and put 10 million behind a fusion approach.
Superconductors Are Game Changers. The US seems to not understand the impact that superconductors are going to have on fusion. We’re talking a 100X increase in field strength and a 1E+6X increase in run time. This effect is significantly amplified because fusion rate scales as the 4th power of field strength.
Climate Change Is Not Waiting. No. It is not waiting on any of this. If we want to stave off the worst aspects of climate change, we need to move on fusion, now.