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Title: Target production for inertial fusion energy

Inertial fusion energy (IFE) power plants will require the ignition and burn of 5-10 fusion fuel targets every second. The technology to economically mass produce high-quality, precision targets at this rate is beyond the current state of the art. Techniques that are scalable to high production rates, however, have been identified for all the necessary process steps, and many have been tested in laboratory experiments or are similar to current commercial manufacturing processes. In this paper, we describe a baseline target factory conceptual design and estimate its capital and operating costs. The result is a total production cost of {approximately}16{cents} per target. At this level, target production represents about 6% of the estimated cost of electricity from a 1-GW{sub e} IFE power plant. Cost scaling relationships are presented and used to show the variation in target cost with production rate and plant power level.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
125415
Report Number(s):
UCRL-ID--117396
ON: DE96002099; TRN: 96:000074
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Mar 1995
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION; LASER TARGETS; FABRICATION; ION BEAM TARGETS; INERTIAL CONFINEMENT; DESIGN; THERMONUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; COST ESTIMATION; OPERATING COST; CAPITALIZED COST