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  • DOE Highlights Magnetic Fusion Research Conducted at DIII-D

  • Nuclear Scientist Says Advanced Reactors Will Be Great for Planet

    Recent technological advancements could turn environmentalists into huge fans of nuclear power, according to a nuclear physicist. Physicist Christina Back said her company General Atomics has developed nuclear fuel that can keep advanced nuclear power plants from melting down, which could largely address public fears about expanding the U.S. nuclear fleet.

  • Yes, Nuclear Energy Does Have a Future In U.S.

    As a physicist who has vested my career in energy research, the claim that nuclear energy will never be cost-effective is one I have heard countless times but refuse to believe. The importance of safe and efficient power generation to energy security — and national security — challenges me to push the boundaries of what is possible. Nuclear energy is by far the largest source of clean, non-intermittent electricity in the United States. We have more reactors than any other nation and produce over 25% of the global supply of nuclear power. But nuclear energy isn't just important to the U.S. — it also plays a critical role in energy markets around the world. As of 2015, 13 countries relied on nuclear energy to provide at least 25% of their electricity. One thing is clear: The world needs nuclear.

  • General Atomics on Future of Accident Tolerant Fuels and Advanced Reactors

    Dr. Jeffrey Quintenz, Senior Vice President of General Atomics' Energy Group, released the following statement regarding the recent bankruptcy filing by Westinghouse. GA is working with Westinghouse in the development of Accident Tolerant Fuels.

  • Simulations of DIII-D Experiments Shed Light on Mysterious Plasma Flows

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and General Atomics have simulated a mysterious self-organized flow of the superhot plasma that fuels fusion reactions. The findings show that pumping more heat into the core of the plasma can drive instabilities that create plasma rotation inside the doughnut-shaped tokamak that houses the hot charged gas.

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