As regular readers will know, your humble Devil has been following the Polywell Fusor project for some years now.
The last lot of testing was done on WB-7, but the results have been somewhat shrouded in secrecy, due to the involvement of the US Navy in funding the project.
However, IEC Fusion Technology finally has some news on this front: essentially, the WB-8 has been commissioned.
To gain the full significance, it is worth reading the whole post; however, the main conclusions are reasonably clear.
All in all the new contract has a lot of good news. To sum up:
- What it means about past work: it went well.
- What it means for the future: verifying engineering rules
- More: there is a plan to test the Hydrogen/Boron 11 fuel combination
- More: They must be confident of results since they are planning a WB-9
It is also worth reminding ourselves that the Fusor project is costing a few million dollars, whereas the so-far utterly unsuccessful tokamak ITER project—which involves such delightful regimes as China—is costing tens of billions and is already severely over-budget and behind schedule.
Guess which one our government is backing and funding...?