FESAC Planning Activity Website
June 3, 2020
The Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) Long-Range
Planning Activity has set up a public-facing website at
They have been charged to prepare a "long range strategic plan" for the
US fusion energy program. FESAC chair Don Rej appointed a subpanel of
FESAC chaired by FESAC member Troy Carter (UCLA) to prepare that plan
and to deliver a report back to FESAC in December.
Troy Carter stated that the charge for the preparation of the strategic plan was as follows:
- Identify specific research areas, in which the U.S. should establish or enhance global leadership
- Maintain a healthy and flexible program, which incorporates the
roles and contributions of universities, national laboratories, and
industry, to deliver science results through next decade
- Maintain, upgrade, and/or pivot current small-, mid-, and
large-scale facilities, including DIII-D and NSTX-U, and also initiate
- Identify international collaborations and partnerships giving U.S.
scientists access to devices with unique capabilities
- Provide support for private-public partnership ventures.
- Position U.S. to obtain maximum benefits in ITER burning plasma science era.
- Considering budgetary constraints, technical readiness and feasibility for any activity to proceed:
Using FY 2019 enacted budgets, assume:
- Constant level of effort (defined as the published OMB inflators for FY 2022-2031)
- Modest growth (use 2 percent above the published OMB inflators)
- Unconstrained budget