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  • The Pause That Refreshes

    Sorry for the radio silence. I’d love to tell you I was doing covert research into the latest fusion tech and am ready to shout from rooftops that net gain is nigh! No such luck, it was just life getting in the way. Juggling multiple jobs. Road trips and other mandatory travel. Trying (unsuccessfull

    December 19, 2023 8:44 a.m.

  • # 100% Chance of Success

    In last weeks Fusing, I asked for more hype from the fusion industry. Ask and ye shall receive. Admittedly, we didn’t get “Taylor Swift goes to Chiefs football game and is (might be?) dating Travis Kelce” hype. But hey, I’ll take what we got. The BIG News. Helion is going ALL IN, betting big that t

    September 28, 2023 1:35 p.m.

  • Impatience is a Virtue

    As my family will tell me, patience is not one of my virtues. I’m in a perpetual hurry. Not something I'm proud of, but it has its merits. I’m the dad who gets the family to the airport two hours early, and we’ve never missed a flight. I have no doubt that most, if not all, fusion industry leaders a

    September 20, 2023 11:30 a.m.

  • Faith is a Bigger Commitment

    In the second season of “Foundation” series on Apple TV, Poly Verisof, High Claric of the Church of the Galactic Spirit explains to his student, Brother Constant, why her faith is purer than his. “I believed what I saw, but faith is a bigger commitment.” As the Gospel of John illustrates vividly

    August 22, 2023 10:20 a.m.

  • The Future Is Already Here

    “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed." -- William Gibson The Economist, December 4, 2003 Much has been made about the $6b in private fusion investment, including $1.4b in 2022 as noted by the Fusion Industry Association annual report. This does not mean that every fusion co

    August 15, 2023 11:21 a.m.

  • Another Step Forward, Maybe a Step Back?

    My old man has a saying: "If you can do it once, you can to it twice. If you can do it twice, you can make it a habit." While there are plenty of ideas and philosophies that I have disagreed with the old man about over the years, I'll give him props for this one. He first dropped this knowledge bom

    August 8, 2023 11:04 a.m.

  • Super Conductors - Damn this is Good

    My X (f/k/a Twitter) feed is abuzz with the potential discovery of RTAPS - Room Temperature Ambient Pressure Superconductors. The discovery burst into my consciousness on July 25, with several people noting an ArXiv paper claiming the first room temp superconductor. The three Korean authors named th

    August 1, 2023 2:45 p.m.

  • Embracing Optionality: From Overpacking to Fusion Fuels

    It struck me as humorous as I was unpacking my suitcase last night. I had prepared to the point of absurdity for a trip that was, in essence, quite straightforward. My mission was to move my daughter to a new city; a 4 1/2 hours drive, moving furniture, making multiple trips to Target, hanging curta

    July 25, 2023 5:35 p.m.

  • Fusing Together: From Sunburns to Startups, Musings on the Scales of Fusion

    While many parts of the United States are just starting their summers, those of us in the south are deep into it. With students returning to school as early as mid-August, once mid-July rolls around, thoughts of a return to school start encroaching on our daily routine. This year is especially hecti

    July 18, 2023 3:41 p.m.

  • Highlights from Fusion Industry Association 2023 Report

    -- There is a diversity of approaches being pursued to achieve fusion, with magnetic confinement and inertial confinement being the two major categories. Within those, there are over 20 different specific concepts like tokamaks, stellarators, Z-pinches, laser-driven inertial, etc. This suggests the

    July 13, 2023 8:52 a.m.

  • All Hail the Curious

    I approach this task with a fair bit of trepidation. I mean, I'm not a physicist, a nuclear engineer, or even a STEM major. So what license do I have to create a website focused on nuclear fusion? I mean, what gives me the right? I blame Paul Graham. You know - the Y Combinator guy. He didn't give m

    July 10, 2023 9:22 a.m.

  • Halfway through 2023 - Are we There Yet?

    Halfway through 2023, and my thought in regards to fusion: “are we there yet?” Yes, In many ways I am like a child on a road trip - eager to get to the destination. However, I am totally here for the destination - all of the scientific and engineering breakthroughs that are going to happen along the

    July 3, 2023 8:58 a.m.

  • Fusion Frenzy Fading

    Not good enough. Not safe enough. Never going to happen. After the understandable excitement of the National Ignition Facility announcement in December 2022 that they achieved ‘Q > 1’ or net energy gain from a controlled fusion reaction, the naysayers are becoming more vocal. If you are reading t

    June 8, 2023 7:15 p.m.

  • Catching a Star: A Fable of the Future Fueled by Nuclear Fusion

    In the capital markets, my first career battlefield, there's a saying that often haunted my footsteps: “If you are too early, you are wrong.” Many times, I found myself a pace ahead of the pack, my investments seemingly out of sync with the rhythm of the market. Yet, when I hunkered down, held my gr

    May 25, 2023 5:25 p.m.

  • Fusion’s Biggest Threat

    Raising Arizona's nightmares and dreams In the last 6 months we have seen the first net-gain nuclear fusion experiment and the first commercial contract award for power generated by nuclear fusion. For those (very few) of us who are nuclear fusion enthusiasts (EnFusiasts!), it seems that we are on t

    May 16, 2023 1:34 p.m.

  • Fusion Customers Make the Fusion Market

    Today, Helion Energy announced that it had an entered into an energy purchase agreement with Microsoft. This is the first agreement in the world to purchase power generated by man-made nuclear fusion. Helion also announced that it would begin commercial production of electricity from fusion in 2028.

    May 10, 2023 3:19 p.m.

  • Welcome to Fusion Chronicles

    In which I introduce myself… So I’m here as middle-aged man in a mid-life crisis of sorts taking a sabbatical from working to figure out my next plan. It might be working as a software engineer, it might be hopping back into operations (which I just left), or it may be heading back to finance (my fi

    May 8, 2023 3:43 p.m.

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