The goal of our SCEPTRE project was to create an advanced second-generation inertial fusion reactor that offers the potential for either

  • generating electricity at 50% efficiency,
  • providing high temperature heat (850°C) for hydrogen production, or
  • producing fissile fuel for light-water reactors.
We have found that these applications are conceptually feasible with a reactor that is intrinsically free of the hazards of catastrophic fire or tritium release.