Getting to a fusion pilot plant: a perspective from the US

Fusion could, if developed, play a major role as a major “firm” addressable power source in the future decarbonised energy supply.

However, considerable innovation is needed to bring it to market. The US National Academy has recently called for the US to adopt a strategy to produce fusion electricity from a compact pilot plant by the 2040s. The UK’s STEP program has similar ambitions.

This timeline requires innovations in technology (e.g. superconducting magnets and power handling systems) and innovations in physics. Significant sums of money (greater than $4 Billion) have been raised by private companies seeking to develop fusion systems on an even faster timescale.

Join Professor Sir Steve Cowley, Director Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, as he discusses the challenges and the prospects for an accelerated delivery of fusion.

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