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Finding fusion’s place
Fusion energy is attracting significant interest from governments and private capital markets. The deployment of fusion energy on a timeline that will affect climate change and offer another tool for energy security will require support from stakeholders, regulators, and policymakers around the world. Without broad support, fusion may fail to reach its potential as a “game-changing” technology to make a meaningful difference in addressing the twin challenges of climate change and geopolitical energy security.
The process of developing the necessary policy and regulatory support is already underway around the world. Leaders in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, China, and elsewhere are engaging with the key issues and will lead the way in setting the foundation for a global fusion industry.
Yuming Gu, Jun Li, Jianglong Wei, Yahong Xie, Lizhen Liang, Chundong Hu
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 72 | Number 2 | August 2017 | Pages 148-156
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1319718
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A prototype negative ion source is in development toward the giant negative ion source for the China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor neutral beam injection system at the Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The multiaperture and multichannel grids are the most challengeable during the construction of the prototype negative ion source. The research and development activities for the grid manufacturing method were carried out and divided into detailed design, implementation, and testing phases. Based on a special manufacturing process involving the vacuum brazing technique, some prototype grids were produced. Two prototypes have similar structures to the extraction grid of the prototype negative ion source except for the reduced number of cooling channels. A testing campaign (including dimension inspection, leak tests, thermal imaging tests, and magnetic tests) was carried out. The results demonstrate that the manufacturing process and construction technology can meet the requirements of the extraction grid and can promote the construction of other grids or components having a similar structure.