National Academies Panel Says Time Is Right For U.S. To Build Pilot Fusion Plant

Source: Forbes | Jeff McMahon | February 17, 2021

The United States government should build a 50-megawatt fusion power plant to demonstrate the technology, according to the authors of a report released today by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Now is the time, the scientists say, because of the convergence of recent technological developments:

“On the science and the technology side, the last decade has seen significant advances in our ability to understand the fusion plasma and predict its performance,” said Dennis G. Whyte, director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “and key technological innovations which are linked in many ways to advanced computing but also linked to advanced manufacturing capabilities and use a new magnet technology.”

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