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Wendelstein the first large-scale optimized stellarator, took million working hours to assemble, using one of the most complex engineering models ever devised, and must withstand huge temperature ranges and enormous forces.

The Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) reactor is an experimental stellarator (nuclear fusion reactor) built in Greifswald, Germany, by the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP), and completed in October 2015.[2] It is a further development of Wendelstein 7-AS. The purpose of Wendelstein 7-X is to evaluate the main components of a future fusion reactor built using stellarator technology, although Wendelstein 7-X itself is not an economical fusion power plant.

World's largest nuclear fusion reactor set to go online later this month

Saatchi Art Artist Eckhard Stueckemann; Painting, "wendelstein 7-x" #art

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Wendelstein 7-X - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Wendelstein nuclear fusion reactor just fired up for the first time, and it could make fossil fuels redundant

Fusionsanlage im Test: "Wendelstein 7-X" erzeugt Magnetfeld - n-tv.de

Fusionsanlage im Test: "Wendelstein 7-X" erzeugt Magnetfeld - n-tv.de

Im Zeitraffer: Zusammenbau von Wendelstein 7-X

This German Nuclear Reactor has taken almost 10 years to build. Watch the fascinating construction process in this 3 minute time lapse video.

Wendelstein 7-X - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wendelstein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wendelstein 7-x stellarator puts new twist on nuclear fusion power

The strangely-named and quirky-looking Wendelstein nuclear fusion stellarator has been 15 years in construction and may help realize the long-held goal of continuous operation essential for the success of nuclear fusion power generation.

Scientists have successfully switched on the world's largest 'Stellarator' fusion reactor. Dubbed Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X), the reactor is designed to contain super-hot plasma for more than 30 minutes at a time

Scientists have switched on world's largest 'Stellarator' reactor

Scientists are getting ready to switch on the world's largest 'Stellarator' fusion reactor. Dubbed Wendelstein the reactor can continuously contain super-hot plasma for more than 30 minutes at a time

Experiment gestartet: Wendelstein 7-X erzeugt erstes Plasma für Fusionsreaktor Dez 2015

Experiment gestartet: Wendelstein 7-X erzeugt erstes Plasma für Fusionsreaktor Dez 2015

Germany's Wendelstein 7-X stellarator passes new test, bringing us closer to nuclear fusion energy

Germany's Wendelstein 7-X stellarator passes new test, bringing us closer to nuclear fusion energy

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The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation - http://scienceblog.com/479767/the-first-plasma-the-wendelstein-7-x-fusion-device-is-now-in-operation/

The first plasma: the Wendelstein fusion device is now in operation

The Wendelstein 7-X nuclear fusion reactor just fired up for the first time, and it could make fossil fuels redundant

The Wendelstein 7-X nuclear fusion reactor just fired up for the first time, and it could make fossil fuels redundant

The Wendelstein nuclear fusion reactor just fired up for the first time, and it could make fossil fuels redundant

The Wendelstein 7-X was a nightmare to build, but if it works it may light a new path to fusion energy. Read more: http://scim.ag/vid_6259

For more than 60 years, scientists have dreamed of a clean, inexhaustible energy source in the form of nuclear fusion. But thanks to the efforts of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, experts hope that might.

Wendelstein 7-X’s bizarrely shaped components must be put together with millimeter precision. All welding was computer controlled and monitored with laser scanners.

Mind-bogging Reactor might save Nuclear Fusion , - , Mind-bogging Wen.

Nine-year time-lapse video of an example of nuclear fussion reactor. Pretty neat!

Nine-year time-lapse video shows how to make a nuclear fusion reactor

Nine-year time-lapse video of an example of nuclear fussion reactor.

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