Tokamak Energy, a company specializing in the development of nuclear fusion technologies, recently announced the goodness of its electronic cryogenic power system for the high efficiency operation of superconductive magnets.
According to official reports, the tests of the new power electronics showed a double efficiency compared to the previous systems. › We invented a new type of cryogenic power supply based on the latest electronic power devices that turns out to be highly efficient at low temperatures. This means that we have the potential to reduce cryogenic capital and operating costs for HTS magnets by 50% or more. This new approach will provide significant cost savings, contributing to the commercial deployment of nuclear fusion energy,” said Chris Kelsall, CEO of Tokamak Energy.
The company’s goal is to develop an almost unlimited energy-generating tool, using a combination of spherical tokamaks and high temperature superconductor magnets (HTS). The use of these special tycoons is related to the need to concentrate and isolate plasma within fusion reactors in order to achieve the incredible temperatures necessary for the activation of the nuclear fusion process. In this sense, the new and incredible record reached by Korea is interesting. Cryogenic cooling is one of the many energy problems for such a system, hence the attention to making it as energy efficient as possible. This new approach uses a high efficiency power converter inside a vacuum cryostat.
According to the company, their fusion power system should be able to produce 500 MW of heat or 150 MW of electricity. A sufficient value to heat the plasma inside the reactor at temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius. At the same time, ensuring the fundamental characteristics for the commercial dissemination of this system. “If you reach this target Tokamak Energy will be the first commercial fusion developer to reach this key milestone in a controlled plasma,” said Kelsall. “However, we also believe that there are other key ingredients that are essential to achieving commercial fusion.”
The current prototype of Tokamak Energy nuclear fusion reactor, which is called However, he managed to reach 15 million degrees Celsius in his first year of operation. The turning point observed in the tests of its magnets should, the society says, allow the ST40 reactor to overcome the repulsive forces between deuterium and tritium ions, approaching them enough to merge.
This would make it the first fusion reactor, funded by private individuals, to reach the temperatures required for nuclear fusion in a sustainable way. In this regard, Kelsall said: “The applications developed in the fusion sector will present substantial crossover opportunities in different sectors, including aerospace, industry and healthcare. 2022 will see the public and private sectors continue to work closely together to capitalise on the immense opportunities offered by the merger. This is a good hope for the future. This research is linked to the SPARC project, which could make nuclear fusion already real in 2025.