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The Road Less Traveled to Fusion Energy

The Road Less Traveled to Fusion Energy

The modern quest for Promethean fire is underway in an anonymous office park in Foothill Ranch, California, an hour southeast of Los Angeles. In the park, along a meandering drive, you will find a huge, modern warehouse building with “TAE Technologies” emblazoned on the door. Inside, you will find a 100-foot-long, $200 million fusion-energy experiment named Norman. And in a second-floor office, upstairs from that looming machine, you will find the would-be Prometheus himself: Michl Binderbauer, TAE’s boyish-looking and relentlessly upbeat co-founder and CEO.

The promise of fusion

The promise of fusion

Google-backed TAE Technologies, which has raised $880m (£650m), predicts its reactors will be commercialized within ten years. In experiments, the company has already reached more than 50 million degrees Celsius, and a new prototype will operate at more than 100 million degrees Celsius. “Our livelihoods depend on delivering – or we’re gone,” says Michl Binderbauer, chief executive of TAE Technologies, which has operated since 1998.

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Fusion race kicked into high gear by smart tech

Fusion race kicked into high gear by smart tech

A US company is speeding up the path to practical fusion energy by using Google’s vast computing power. By applying software that can improve on its own, TAE Technologies has cut down tasks that once took two months to just a few hours. Google has lent the firm its expertise in “machine learning” in order to help accelerate the timeline for fusion. “I want to deliver fusion first, but anyone who does it is a hero,” TAE’s chief executive Dr Michl Binderbauer told BBC News.

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Another Step Towards Breakeven Fusion

Another Step Towards Breakeven Fusion

With Google’s assistance using machine optimization and data science, TAE achieved the major goals for their fusion platform, Norman, which brings us a step closer to the goal of breakeven fusion. They have completed a design for an even more powerful machine, which they hope will demonstrate the conditions necessary for breakeven fusion before the end of the decade. TAE has succeeded with two complete machine builds during our collaboration, and we are really excited to see the third.

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Inside the lab where scientists are recreating the energy of the sun to produce nearly unlimited clean energy

Inside the lab where scientists are recreating the energy of the sun to produce nearly unlimited clean energy

Recreating in a lab the nuclear reaction that powers the sun and other stars — which is called nuclear fusion — is a feat as complex as it sounds.
Fusion has the potential to create massive amounts of carbon-free or clean energy. So though no scientists have quite accomplished creating usable energy from fusion just yet, a handful of companies are working at it. The machines being built by scientists to accomplish this are called reactors, and they are massively heavy, cost tens of millions of dollars and represent the culmination of decades of scientific research. TAE Technologies, headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, is a fusion company using a unique reactor design, and it recently reached a key milestone in the quest for usable energy from fusion.

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With ‘smoke ring’ technology, fusion startup marks steady progress

With ‘smoke ring’ technology, fusion startup marks steady progress

A private company betting on an innovative fusion technology announced today that its latest device can sustain high temperatures for long reaction times—a major step toward a reactor capable of producing more fusion energy than is consumed by the device. The company, TAE Technologies, is still far from that goal, which huge government efforts are also pushing toward. But its achievements so far have drawn $880 million in investment—more than any other private fusion company. The company also announced plans to scale up to a larger machine, which it hopes will reach fusion conditions by 2025.

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TAE Technologies Announces Appointment of Chief Science Officer to International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

TAE Technologies Announces Appointment of Chief Science Officer to International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

TAE Technologies, the world’s leading developer of clean fusion, today announced a three-year partnership with the Natural Selection Tour (NST), uniting the two organizations in a shared commitment to sustainability and conserving the natural environment. NST is a world-class, one-of-its-kind snowboarding tournament showcasing riders competing on the planet’s most exciting natural(ly enhanced) terrain.

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TAE featured at first-ever White House Summit on commercial fusion

TAE featured at first-ever White House Summit on commercial fusion

TAE Technologies, the world’s leading developer of clean fusion, today announced a three-year partnership with the Natural Selection Tour (NST), uniting the two organizations in a shared commitment to sustainability and conserving the natural environment. NST is a world-class, one-of-its-kind snowboarding tournament showcasing riders competing on the planet’s most exciting natural(ly enhanced) terrain.

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TAE Technologies and Natural Selection Tour Team Up to Reduce Carbon Footprint with TAE Power Management Solutions

TAE Technologies and Natural Selection Tour Team Up to Reduce Carbon Footprint with TAE Power Management Solutions

TAE Technologies, the world’s leading developer of clean fusion, today announced a three-year partnership with the Natural Selection Tour (NST), uniting the two organizations in a shared commitment to sustainability and conserving the natural environment. NST is a world-class, one-of-its-kind snowboarding tournament showcasing riders competing on the planet’s most exciting natural(ly enhanced) terrain.

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TAE Technologies Partners with Japan’s Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) for Fusion Fuel Research

TAE Technologies Partners with Japan’s Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) for Fusion Fuel Research

TAE Technologies, the world’s largest private fusion energy company, today announced a landmark partnership with Japan’s National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) that enables the two organizations to test the effects of hydrogen-boron (p-B11) fusion reactions in the NIFS Large Helical Device (LHD). The results of this research have the potential to unlock a new milestone in TAE’s mission to develop commercial fusion power with p-B11, the cleanest and most affordable fuel for fusion cycles.

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TAE Technologies Commercializes Breakthrough Power Management Technology Developed for Fusion to Revolutionize Electric Vehicles, Charging Infrastructures, and Energy Storage

TAE Technologies Commercializes Breakthrough Power Management Technology Developed for Fusion to Revolutionize Electric Vehicles, Charging Infrastructures, and Energy Storage

TAE Technologies, the world’s largest private fusion energy company, announces the formation of its TAE Power Management division, that will bring disruptive power management capabilities originally developed for the company’s fusion power control systems to the mobility and energy storage sectors. Veteran industrialist David Roberts has been named Chief Executive Officer of the rapidly growing division. He will report to TAE Group CEO Michl Binderbauer.

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