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Nuclear Fusion Powers Stars. Could It One Day Electrify Earth?

Nuclear Fusion Powers Stars. Could It One Day Electrify Earth?

Some companies are exploring different fuels as well as different designs. California-based TAE Technologies, which has been in business since 1998, is building a nuclear reactor that’s designed to fuse hydrogen with boron-11 by colliding plasma “smoke rings” inside a long, cigar-shaped chamber. This setup would need to hit temperatures even higher than those in tokamaks. But if scaled-up versions work, they could generate electricity without the neutron fusillade.

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TAE Plots Irvine Expansion

TAE Plots Irvine Expansion

TAE Technologies in Foothill Ranch is one step closer to making its ambitious dream of tapping into almost limitless supplies of energy come true, and is expanding its operations to Irvine to help move those plans forward.

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Q&A: Fusion Firm Backed by Google Hopes for Mid-Decade Milestone

Q&A: Fusion Firm Backed by Google Hopes for Mid-Decade Milestone

TAE Technologies Inc., a nuclear fusion startup backed by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Chevron Corp. and Japan’s Sumitomo Corp., hopes to see an “essential milestone” on its path to build a commercial fusion reactor by the middle of this decade. TAE’s efforts received a kickstart in July as the fusion startup secured $250 million in its latest funding round.

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For a Clean Energy Future, Our Relationship to the Grid Must Change

For a Clean Energy Future, Our Relationship to the Grid Must Change

Our current domestic electrical grids are woefully inept to integrate necessary renewable energy sources. The answer to solving this problem lies within a new approach to energy use: one that focuses on optimizing the way customers and their technologies interact with the grid. 

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