Fusion power machine design
The Wendelstein 7-X in Greifswald, Germany is currently the world’s largest ‘Stellarator’ fusion reactor, and it looks to be straight from Star Wars. This machine is designed to contain super-hot plasma for more than 30 minutes at a time. In a test earlier this week, the reactor produced a special super-hot 1,000,000°C gas for 1/10 of a second, giving hope that one day it could eventually lead to limitless supplies of clean and cheap energy. It works by injecting two kinds of hydrogen atoms – deuterium and tritium – into a containment vessel.
“Scientist then add energy that removes the electrons from their host atoms, forming what is described as an ion plasma, which releases huge amounts of energy. Strong magnetic fields are used to keep the plasma away from the walls; these are produced by superconducting coils surrounding the vessel, and by an electrical current driven through the plasma,” reports Mail Online.
Continue reading for an incredible time-lapse video of the Assembly of Wendelstein 7-X
The assembly of the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device from 2005 until 2014 is condensed into three minutes. The device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald/Germany comprises five large and almost identical modules, which were preinstalled and then assembled in a circle in the experimentation hall. Wendelstein 7-X is to show that fusion devices of the stellarators type are suitable for power plants.
Music: “Arche track” from the album “The harmonic transfer theory”, “La matrice sensible”