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Mohamed Abdou
December 9, 2002
to main presentation of Seminar at General Atomics
The US fusion demonstration power plant (Demo) is the last step before
commercialization of fusion. It must open the way to commercialization of
fusion power, if fusion is to have the desired impact on the world energy
system. Demo is built and operated in order to assure the user
community (i.e., general public, power producers, and industry) that
fusion is ready to enter the commercial arena. As such, Demo begins the
transition from science and technology research facilities to a field-
operated commercial system. Demo must provide energy producers with
the confidence to invest in commercial fusion as their next generation
power plant, i.e., demonstrate that fusion is affordable, reliable, profitable,
and meets public acceptance. Demo must also convince public and
government agencies that fusion is secure, safe, has a low environmental
impact, and does not deplete limited natural resources. In addition, Demo
must operate reliably and safely on the power grid for long periods of
times (i.e., years) so that power producers and industry gain operational


Source: Abdou, Mohamed - Fusion Science and Technology Center, University of California at Los Angeles


Collections: Plasma Physics and Fusion