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ARPAE - Drivers for Economical Fusion Technology Workshop

Rezwan Razani - October 22, 2013

Objectives and Outcomes

From the ARPAE site:

The primary objective of the workshop is to identify innovative approaches in high-efficiency, low-cost drivers to enable new approaches in fusion energy. ARPA-E is interested in driver technologies and associated fusion approaches that will significantly reduce the “cost of entry” into fusion R&D and offer a path to economical fusion power. The outcomes from this workshop will help ARPA-E assess the opportunities for a potential program in this area.

Targeted outcomes include:

  • Identify and explore promising approaches/opportunities for fusion energy, understand their driver requirements (pressure, energy, flux, limitations on pulse width, etc.) and the associated challenges;
  • Identify and explore promising approaches to low cost drivers (e.g., ion or macron accelerators, plasma guns, masers/lasers, pulse power, table-top/MEMS accelerators, or others) and assess applicability of new driver technologies to various regions of fusion parameter space;
  • Assess current state of understanding for proposed fusion approaches across the range of fusion parameter space, and the needs for modeling or experimental validation to address key challenges;
  • Understand challenges in development and demonstration of driver technologies for the requirements of fusion power; and
  • Propose appropriate performance metrics to govern a potential Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in this area.

To Participate

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, you may apply to attend by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) stating your interest in attending along with the following information:

1. Your CV or resume including a description of your expertise in the topic;

2. A brief statement describing your perspective on the key challenges and opportunities related to the workshop topic.

Please title the subject of your email “Drivers for Economical Fusion Technologies Workshop.”

Registration instructions will be sent to potential attendees who have provided complete information and as space permits. Advance registration is required for entry to the workshop. Participation in the workshop is voluntary; travel costs for workshop participants are not subsidized by ARPA-E and a fee is charged to each participant to defray the cost of the workshop.

Proceedings from the meeting will be summarized in a report that will be available on the ARPA-E public website. 

This event is closed to the media.

Thanks to Scott Hsu, for bringing this to our attention. He will be at the workshop, speaking about Plasma Liner Driven Magneto-inertial fusion (MIF)

See also:  Confronting the Perception that Fusion is 50 Years Away.