Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 47 / Number 3 / April 2005 / Pages 641-644
Technical Paper / Fusion Energy - Inertial Fusion Technology
The Z-Pinch Power Plant uses the results from Sandia National Laboratories' Z accelerator in a power plant application to generate energy pulses using inertial confinement fusion. A collaborative project has been initiated by Sandia to investigate the scientific principles of a power generation system using this technology. Research is under way to develop an integrated concept that describes the operational issues of a 1000 MW electrical power plant. Issues under consideration include: 1-20 gigajoule fusion pulse containment, repetitive mechanical connection of heavy hardware, generation of terawatt pulses every 10 seconds, recycling of ten thousand tons of steel, and manufacturing of millions of hohlraums and capsules per year.
Additionally, waste generation and disposal issues are being examined. This paper describes the current concept for the plant and also the objectives for future research.