"Right now, nuclear has remained stagnant because the research is lacking," said John Parmentola, senior vice president of energy and advanced concepts at General Atomics, during the Energy Subcommittee hearing. (PDF)
In National Ignition Facility (NIF) inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments, the fusion fuel implodes at a high speed in reaction to the rapid ablation, or blow-off, of the outer layers of the target capsule. To reach the conditions needed for ignition, the fuel must implode symmetrically at a peak velocity of about 350 kilometers per second— without producing hydrodynamic instabilities that can dampen the fusion reactions. Click here for more.
TIMES OF SAN DIEGO – …Developing reliable fusion reactors would provide virtually limitless, environmentally friendly power on Earth. Fusion converts hydrogen from water directly into energy, but takes place at temperatures found only in the sun, creating an enormous engineering challenge. http://timesofsandiego.com/tech/2015/04/10/general-atomics-giant-magnet-will-enable-fusion-on-earth/
SAN DIEGO/6 – …Scientists say fusion energy can outdo chemistry, even outdo the sun and provide clean energy on earth. General Atomics is part of the largest experiment in human history... http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/Mimic-the-sun-bottle-that-energy-and-put-it-to-good-use-299411581.html
KFMB/8 – …Powerful enough to lift an aircraft carrier right of the water, designed to bring the power of the sun down to earth and create a new energy source without toxic waste…the objective of fusion is to give the planet a sustainable clean energy soruce that would last the world for tens of thousands of years. http://www.cbs8.com/story/28773000/worlds-most-powerful-electromagnet-unveiled