PSFC Seminar: Bob Mumgaard
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:00am to 11:00amVirtual Event
Commonwealth Fusion Systems and the high-field path to a pilot plant
Over the last 3 years CFS has embarked with partners at MIT and around the world on a path to commercialize fusion energy in time to make a difference to climate change. The chosen technical path has been the high-field approach enabled by the conventional tokamak and a new generation of HTS magnets. This particular strategy is dictated by the timeliness of a practical scalable fusion-based energy generation technology. The talk will cover the current status of the program including development of HTS magnets and the upcoming construction of the SPARC tokamak. Then it will look ahead to the strategies being employed to develop a near-term fusion pilot plant to be constructed starting at the end of the current decade. It will cover the needed innovations and opportunities for teaming to complete the design basis for this, the first commercial, fusion power plant.