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This division promotes the development and timely introduction of fusion energy as a sustainable energy source with favorable economic, environmental, and safety attributes. The division cooperates with other organizations on common issues of multidisciplinary fusion science and technology, conducts professional meetings, and disseminates technical information in support of these goals. Members focus on the assessment and resolution of critical developmental issues for practical fusion energy applications.
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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.
D. Hernández-Arriaga, D. M. Ventura-Ovalle, M. Nieto-Pérez
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 2 | February 2019 | Pages 148-159
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2018.1554390
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Using infrastructure from the old TPM-1 tokamak in Mexico, there is an ongoing project to bring it back into operation, but with important upgrades. One of the main planned improvements will be the substitution of the continuous winding used to generate the toroidal field (TF) with a set of discrete circular coils. The new toroidal magnetic field configuration should also allow stable operation of the machine at plasma currents of up to 50 kA for 30 ms. At this design stage, decisions regarding number and characteristics of the coils and power delivery strategy to them need to be addressed. In the present paper, a study regarding the parameters required for the generation of the adequate TF are presented, including the process for determining number of TF coils, their size and position, the required current pulse for operation, and a potential strategy for generating such pulse based on passive pulse-forming networks.