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Economically Feasible Fusion

San Diego is known for its sunshine, which fuels the region’s vast adoption of solar energy. San Diego may also soon be known for bringing “solar” energy to more cloudy regions around the world in the form of fusion energy.

A team of scientists at General Atomics’ DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego has become the first to successfully demonstrate an operational approach that could make fusion power plants (FPPs) economically viable. Using the DIII-D’s unique tokamak design approach using magnetic fields to confine heating of gaseous plasma, the GA team achieved a combination of high density and high confinement of the fuel that had never been achieved before simultaneously.

Science leader of the GA team Dr. Sive Ding described the achievement – surpassing the former density line that used to keep fusion energy out of reach known as the Greenwald Limit by 20% and improving confinement quality 50% above the current standard model – as “landmark” results.

“The physics we’ve demonstrated with these experiments can be extrapolated to full-scale FPPs via integrated modeling, indicating a path toward economic fusion energy,” he added.

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Tyson & Mendes LLP, No. 15 on this week’s San Diego Business Journal List of Top Law Firms, received a nod last week from global independent professional legal research company Chambers and Partners.

Tyson & Mendes earned a band 4 distinction in the Insurance Practice Area of the 2024 Chambers USA Guide, which ranks law firms in bands from 1-6 based on assessments of technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence and commitment. This was the first year the San Diego-based nationwide insurance defense and civil litigation firm was ranked by the guide.

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The San Diego Padres last week unveiled the first of its 2024 Peter Seidler Legacy Projects – a Padres-branded multi-purpose room in the San Diego Rescue Mission’s South County Lighthouse in National City.

The South County Lighthouse – National City’s first permanent homeless shelter – held its grand opening June 19 at an event featuring remarks from city officials from across the county, as well as San Diego Rescue Mission CEO Donnie Dee and Padres Foundation President and Peter Seidler’s brother Tom Seidler.

Peter Seidler Legacy Projects are supported by the Padres Foundation and the Peter Seidler Legacy Fund, established in honor of the beloved team owner who passed away last year. The Padres have announced there will be more projects unveiled throughout the coming months.n

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