A New Way to Achieve Nuclear Fusion: Helion

Published 2022-12-17
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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy
Animator: Mike Ridolfi
Animator: Eli Prenten
Sound: Graham Haerther
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All Comments (21)
  • @257shooter9
    I really enjoyed the documentary. I retired from Helion in July of 2021, now I can show my family what I did for a living. I worked on FRC plasma machines for 35 years altogether. It’s good to see all the hard work come to fruition at Helion. My one disappointment with the footage is you didn’t show much of the puff fill system. That was my big contribution. I imagine I’m the only one that would get a thrill from a bunch of valves and stainless steel tubing.
  • @ronan452
    The current major failing of Helion is that they have yet to turn their device vertical and start referring to it as a warp core.
  • @LilybeeTV
    4:24 as an engineer, no matter how sophisticated and groundbreaking the design there's always room for zip ties.
  • @JohnEvans-ct6mz
    This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. And the fact that it looks and works similarly to the warp reactor on the Enterprise D, makes it just that much more awesome. The best part is, it’s not just another super over complicated way to boil water.
  • @ThrustersX
    I'm just as amazed by the cable management outside the nuclear reactor.
  • @rhphoenix5
    The timing of these two videos were immaculate
  • @what_to_read
    I have to say, I LOVE Engineering - it's one of the few places in the world where you can really feel like you can make a difference. Whether it's a new product, a creative solution, or something that helps make our planet better, engineering enables us to make real change. As an engineer myself, I love the constant challenge of coding, problem solving, and creating something that will improve our lives. Engineering is amazing!
  • @ww6156
    I love the fact that it generates electricity directly from the reaction, it always feels weird to go through all this cutting edge technology just to build a stream engine!
  • @HelionEnergy
    Thanks for visiting, Brian. As always, we appreciate your ability to breakdown complex engineering topics - including direct energy recovery from fusion!
  • @maxbas2018
    This was one of the most interesting and also informative videos I've seen in my history on youtube. Just seeing the equtions, the fusion results and decay got me thinking a lot about particle physics and its mechanics. I wrote a lot of comments asking about how stuff works, just to come up with another idea on how this could have been possible. A huge thanks for these 60min of curiosity and creativity, it turned a boring train travel into a interesting trip through the cosmos of physics <3
  • @qweryuiasdf
    So thankful there are people like this in the world. Imagine starting a fusion company and having to literally invent every single component to solve a different problem one at a time. At the same time have some sort of reliable funding source.
  • "In this machine is a delicate orchestra of electronics pushing two plasma rings into a violent collision, and catching that collision in a magnetic trap in the center, which proceeds to shrink until the ions trapped within it have nowhere else to go but to fuse, overcoming one of the universe's strongest forces to create new elements in the belly of a man-made machine." Dude, this gave me goosebumps
  • 8:30 can we acknowledge that he just held a flawless and calm monologue explaining such a complex topic perfectly and very easy to understand without a pause or a hick-up.. not even an "uhmm"
  • @user-yn9br1uo2q
    What an amazing group of individuals! Keep up the great work!. I'm just as amazed by the cable management outside the nuclear reactor..
  • @nelsonr2241
    20:30 If the fuselage is metallic, a high positive charge voltage can be applied to give it resistance to corrosion and permeability to hydrogen plasma.
  • @ryen7512
    I can't imagine the theory of "this should work on paper" to actually going and building it and making fusion reactions. Mad genius scientists!
  • @ashtonparrish
    Ive never seen something so unbelievably beyond my realm of possible understanding explained in such an incredibly understandable way. Awesome video
  • @Chris-ew9mh
    This is really amazing information, hoping they continue to make leaps and bounds forward in this technology!