Researchers Study Spacecraft Heat Shields Using DIII-D Fusion Facility

August 18, 2021

Scientists working at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility at General Atomics (GA) recently developed an innovative experiment that uses the conditions inside a fusion reactor for testing heat shield materials. Among these scientists are CER's Dr. Dmitri Orlov. These experiments demonstrated that the hot plasma created by a fusion reactor during operation offers a novel and potentially improved way of modeling heat shield behavior, especially for entries into Venus or the gas giants. DIII-D is the largest magnetic fusion research facility in the U.S. and is operated by GA as a national user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Read more.


Dr. Nguyen Minh of CER recently received the Subhash Singhal Award of The Electrochemical Society

August 4, 2021

Dr. Nguyen Minh of CER recently received the Subhash Singhal Award of The Electrochemical Society. This award “recognizes excellence and exceptional research contributions of distinguished researchers to the science and engineering of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and electrolyzers (SOECs), materials, processes, and manufacturing”. He gave the award address “Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology – Perspectives on the Future” at the Seventeenth International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC-XVII), July 18-23, 2021. The Symposium was planned to be in Stockholm, Sweden, but was held as a digital meeting due to the pandemic.


CER Proposal Chosen by U.S. Department of Energy to Improve Fossil-Based Hydrogen Production, Transport, Storage and Utilization

July 7, 2021

The project is led by CER PI, Nguyen Minh.  It was selected as 1 out of only 12 chosen. Project Summary: Development of Novel 3D Cell Structure and Manufacturing Processes for Highly Efficient, Durable and Redox Resistant Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells — The Regents of the University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA) will evaluate and demonstrate a highly efficient, durable and reduction-oxidation (redox) resistant solid oxide electrolysis cell technology for H2 production. This project focuses on the development of a novel cell design and its corresponding manufacturing processes and will culminate in the demonstration of a scaled-up SOEC featuring a design with improved performance, enhanced redox resistance and increased durability under conditions suitable for H2 production from steam. The results of the project could form the basis for further development to advance the technology for practical applications and commercialization.  (DOE Funding: $999,913; Non-DOE Funding: $250,956; Total Value: $1,250,869)


LawnStarter's Article on the 2021’s Most Sustainable Cities Quotes Jan Kleissl

April 22, 2021

Driving an electric car, drinking from compostable cups, growing food in our own gardens — making sustainable choices this Earth Day will help save our planet. Some cities, though, are better at promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle, while others belch smoke and throw away recyclables. Which cities are the leaders and laggers of our Earth-friendly future? LawnStarter ranked the Most Sustainable Cities by comparing the 200 largest U.S. cities across 24 key sustainability indicators. Jan Kleissl was quoted as a expert on sustainability.  Read more here.


2020 Nuclear Fusion journal award to paper with UCSD participation

January, 2021

The paper presenting ‘Results from recent detachment experiments in alternative divertor configurations on TCV’ received the IAEA's Nuclear Fusion Journal Award 2020. The award acknowledges the first author, C. Theiler and an international team of researchers that include UCSD researchers J. Boedo and C. Tsui, who provided critical data and analysis for the work and analysis of the work as part of an international collaboration supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE). The research team also includes researchers from the Swiss Plasma Center (SPC), took University (UK), Culham Science Center (UK), DIFFER (Netehrlands), Consorzio RFX (Italy) and Max Planck Instituk Fur Plasmaphysik (Germany) as well as other laboratories of the European EUROfusion consortium. Read full article.


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