Superconductor technology for smaller, sooner fusion

MIT-Commonwealth Fusion Systems demonstration of new superconducting cable is a key step on the high-field path to compact fusion.

Leda Zimmerman | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

energy industry superconductors research renewable-energy school-of-engineering global faculty collaboration nuclear-science-and-engineering magnets alternative-energy plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion cern

Validating the physics behind the new MIT-designed fusion experiment

Seven studies describe progress thus far and challenges ahead for a revolutionary zero-emissions power source.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 29, 2020 ~9 min

physics energy industry research renewable-energy school-of-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering alternative-energy plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion nuclear-power-and-reactors

Maria Zuber on climate change: “Breakthroughs will happen”

MIT’s vice president for research identifies three areas that show particular promise for climate action.

MIT Resource Department • mit
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

climate-change global-warming research renewable-energy batteries faculty materials-science-and-engineering mitnano plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion photovoltaics the-engine

Fusion researchers endorse push for pilot power plant in US

Fusion energy community makes unified statement on priorities in report for Department of Energy Policy Advisory Group.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
March 18, 2020 ~9 min

physics energy industry policy research renewable-energy school-of-engineering school-of-science materials-science-and-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe alternative-energy plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion

Astrophysical shock phenomena reproduced in the laboratory

Lab-scale experiment could help scientists understand interstellar and galactic-scale smashups.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 6, 2019 ~7 min

physics astrophysics space research school-of-science staff department-of-energy-doe plasma-science-and-fusion-center astronomy-and-planetary-science

Steering fusion’s “D-turn”

Research scientist Alessandro Marinoni shows that reversing traditional plasma shaping provides greater stability for fusion reactions.

Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
May 17, 2019 ~7 min

physics energy research school-of-engineering school-of-science collaboration nuclear-science-and-engineering plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion

Engineers develop concept for hybrid heavy-duty trucks

Long-haul trucks with electric motors combined with gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 9, 2019 ~7 min

sustainability climate-change energy environment pollution global-warming emissions research transportation automobiles batteries school-of-engineering mit-energy-initiative nuclear-science-and-engineering plasma-science-and-fusion-center oil-and-gas