Thank you for attending or registering for the Fusion Innovation Forum hosted by the East TN Economic Council and the Fusion Industry Association. Below are links to the speaker bios, slides, and videos from the Zoom event held Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

 

Event Agenda:

Welcome & Opening Remarks: Video; Slides
Eric Abelquist, Deputy Director of Technical Services, UCOR
Jim Campbell, President, East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC)
Kathy McCarthy, Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Keynote Address: Video
Jay Brister, Chief Business Development Officer, General Fusion
Slides (General Fusion video shown during the presentation)

Break / Networking in Breakout Rooms

Comments from the Congressional Fusion Caucus: Video
U.S. Representative Don Beyer, D-VA, & U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann
, R-TN

Panel #1: Video
Research and Development Technologies, Opportunities, and Partnerships in Fusion
(This panel discussion will feature the research and development occurring at ORNL and at The ITER Project, the vision of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and opportunities.)
Moderator: Lou Qualls, Reactor Technology Integration Leader, ORNL
Panelist: Kathy McCarthy, US ITER Project Director and Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science, ORNL
Slides
Panelist: Mickey Wade, Division Director, Fusion Energy, ORNL
Slides

Panelist:
Dennis Youchison, Director, Department of Energy’s Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program, ORNL
Slides
Panelist: Livia Casali, Assistant Professor and Zinkle Fellow, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Core-Edge Integration Area Leader for the DIII-D tokamak, General Atomics
Slides

Break / Networking in Breakout Rooms

Panel #2: Video
Enabling Fusion Innovation in the Private Industry (Panelists will speak about their specific INFUSE grants and discuss the technical aspects of building a fusion core. They will also address the path forward and what is happening in the industry.)
Moderator:  Andrew Holland, Chief Executive Officer, Fusion Industry Association
Panelist: Matthew Reinke, Commonwealth Fusion Systems
Panelist: Randall Volberg, Co-Founder & CEO, Type One Energy Group
Panelist: Mark Koepke, Vice President-R&D, Tokamak Energy
Slides

Break / Networking in Breakout Rooms

Panel #3: Video
Fusion from the Utility’s Perspective to Include Regulatory and Public Policy Issues
(This panel will address the challenges and perspectives in the industry for long-term users. The discussion will include a technology-to-market perspective, and what the utility industry is expecting and needs.)
Moderator: Joe Hoagland, Vice President of Enterprise Relations and Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority
Panelist: Tim Peckinpaugh, Partner, K&L Gates in Washington D.C.
Slides

Panelist: Andrew Sowder, Electric Power Research Institute
Slides

Panelist: Ryan Umstattd, Fusion Industry Association
Slides

Closing Comments: Video
Eric Abelquist, Deputy Director of Technical Services, UCOR
Kathy McCarthy, Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Jim Campbell, President, East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC)
Andrew Holland, Chief Executive Officer, Fusion Industry Association