In June of 2019, China Poached a major US fusion scientist from an innovative company. Meanwhile the largest one time private investment in fusion - to date - was sunk into commonwealth. At the same time, a new fusion foundation was launched in New York City - backed by a man worth half a billion dollars. This article covers 8 events in fusion that you probably missed.
Below are a smattering of events that you may have missed. The reality is, if fusion power became a reality today everyone reading this article will be able to participate. There is plenty of work out there. This includes all you investors, engineers and entrepreneurs out there - you know who you are.
1. On October 30th 2018, Phoenix (Phoenix Neutron Generators) broke ground on their neutron imaging facility in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. This was an exciting day for the company that started in 2005, as an offshoot of fusor research at University of Wisconsin. I have been watching this company for more than 8 years now - and this latest milestone shows how nuclear fusion has firmly moved into the everyday world. The company has made a very nice video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCUowOZHBj0) of the groundbreaking. The president openly describes how fusion is a key component of their neutron imaging technology. In the past, the company did not openly emphasize its' connection to fusion.
2. On October 26th 2018, General Fusion announced that Canada’s Strategic innovation Fund had invested 49.3 million into the company. This is the scale-up funding that founder Michel Laberge, Michael Delage and CEO Christofer Mowry have been seeking for their next large machine. The company plans to add 400 new positions and build a larger, more power CT compression device. The company emphasized that this was not a grant; the Canadian government is expecting some return on this investment.
3. The last week of October 2018, the Fusion Industry Association opened a new website. This group grew from the American Fusion Project, a lobbying group for fusion startups in Washington DC. The group is advocating to key decision-makers at the Department of Energy and ARPA-E, with the hopes of getting changes made in the FY 2020 budget. They are also planning to participate in Fusion Day, an annual congressional lobbying effort in March.
4. Dr. Kirk Flippo has SEVEN openings in the High Energy Density physics department at Los Alamos National Labs. That an usually number of openings. The jobs range from post-docs, to scientists, to engineering talent. Check out the Los Alamos job page and search for the P-24 group. I got an email from Dr. Ned Saleh, who used to work there, asking around if anyone was. If you think you are up to it, you should reach out, especially at the DPP APS conference this week in Portland.
5. Three items came out the from The Fusion Podcast. On September 19th 2018, I put out a summary article on my interview with Dr. Sam Cohen from Princeton. The week of October 7th 2018, I published a video about Tanner Hornes' effort and the history and development of cusp confinement. Lastly, on October 28th, I premiered a new interview with Dr. Joe Khachan at the University of Sydney for The Fusion Podcast.