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Finding fusion’s place
Fusion energy is attracting significant interest from governments and private capital markets. The deployment of fusion energy on a timeline that will affect climate change and offer another tool for energy security will require support from stakeholders, regulators, and policymakers around the world. Without broad support, fusion may fail to reach its potential as a “game-changing” technology to make a meaningful difference in addressing the twin challenges of climate change and geopolitical energy security.
The process of developing the necessary policy and regulatory support is already underway around the world. Leaders in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, China, and elsewhere are engaging with the key issues and will lead the way in setting the foundation for a global fusion industry.
G. L. Kulcinski, Ross F. Radel, Andrew Davis
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 72 | Number 3 | October 2017 | Pages 248-254
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1333861
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A near term, low cost 14 MeV neutron materials test facility has been designed that allows significant radiation damage (dpa, appm He, etc.) levels to be achieved typical of those that will be experienced in DT Demonstration or commercial DT power plants. The design described in this paper produces peak damage levels of ≈4–6 dpa/fpy in 15 cm3 and has ≈600 cm3 test volume covering the damage range from 1 to 6 dpa/fpy. The total active tritium inventory in the test facility is less than 1 g and the overall construction costs are also roughly unchanged from an earlier (2015) design. The time to initial operation remains at ≈4 years from the start of construction because it builds on an on-going project for radioisotope production already under construction. This latest facility design has the possibility to provide a 2 MW-y/m2, 14 MeV neutron exposure to first wall materials in less than 4 fpy’s of operation.