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Title: A Pilot Plant: The Fastest Path to Commercial Fusion Energy

Abstract

Considerable effort has been dedicated to determining the possible properties of a magneticconfinement fusion power plant, particularly in the U.S.1, Europe2 and Japan3. There has also been some effort to detail the development path to fusion energy, particularly in the U.S.4 Only limited attention has been given, in Japan5 and in China6, to the options for a specific device to form the bridge from the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, ITER, to commercial fusion energy. Nor has much attention been paid, since 2003, to the synergies between magnetic and inertial fusion energy development. Here we consider, at a very high level, the possibility of a Qeng ≥ 1 Pilot Plant, with linear dimensions ~ 2/3 the linear dimensions of a commercial fusion power plant, as the needed bridge. As we examine the R&D needs for such a system we find significant synergies between the needs for the development of magnetic and inertial fusion energy.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
973205
Report Number(s):
PPPL-4501
TRN: US1001909
DOE Contract Number:
DE-ACO2-09CH11466
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; DIMENSIONS; EXPERIMENTAL REACTORS; PILOT PLANTS; POWER PLANTS; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; Fusion energy

Citation Formats

Robert J. Goldston. A Pilot Plant: The Fastest Path to Commercial Fusion Energy. United States: N. p., 2010. Web. doi:10.2172/973205.
Robert J. Goldston. A Pilot Plant: The Fastest Path to Commercial Fusion Energy. United States. doi:10.2172/973205.
Robert J. Goldston. Wed . "A Pilot Plant: The Fastest Path to Commercial Fusion Energy". United States. doi:10.2172/973205. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/973205.
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abstractNote = {Considerable effort has been dedicated to determining the possible properties of a magneticconfinement fusion power plant, particularly in the U.S.1, Europe2 and Japan3. There has also been some effort to detail the development path to fusion energy, particularly in the U.S.4 Only limited attention has been given, in Japan5 and in China6, to the options for a specific device to form the bridge from the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, ITER, to commercial fusion energy. Nor has much attention been paid, since 2003, to the synergies between magnetic and inertial fusion energy development. Here we consider, at a very high level, the possibility of a Qeng ≥ 1 Pilot Plant, with linear dimensions ~ 2/3 the linear dimensions of a commercial fusion power plant, as the needed bridge. As we examine the R&D needs for such a system we find significant synergies between the needs for the development of magnetic and inertial fusion energy.},
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year = {Wed Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2010},
month = {Wed Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2010}
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