Academies Seeks Nominations for Fusion Pilot Plant Study

July 6, 2020

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) is assembling a committee to provide guidance to the U.S. Department of Energy, and others, that are aligned with the objective of constructing a pilot plant in the United States that produces electricity from fusion at the lowest possible capital cost (“Pilot Plant”). In the study, to be completed within eight months of project initiation, the committee shall provide a concise report that addresses the following points:


In addressing the first bullet in the statement of task, the committee should consider the key goals for each of the plant's anticipated phases of operation. Areas for key goals that the committee might consider include scientific (e.g., materials and systems performance and integration), technical (e.g., electrical output and availability), economic (e.g., capital costs and time frame, operating and maintenance costs), environmental (e.g., level of radioactive wastes), and safety-related (e.g., regulatory, tritium inventory).

In carrying out the statement of task, the committee is encouraged to seek input from potential “future owners” of power plants, such as electric utility companies, and potential manufacturers of fusion power plant components, to broadly characterize the energy market for fusion and to provide input on what they would look for in a fusion pilot plant and how such plants can contribute to national energy needs.

The Academies is looking for 10-12 volunteers with expertise in the following areas. Suggestions of women and underrepresented minorities with a background or expertise in the areas noted below are strongly encouraged.

Nominations for committee members and/or reviewers for this study are needed by July 17, 2020.

Nominations may be submitted online at: www.nas.edu/fusion

Contact information:
Name: Chris Jones
Email: cjjones@nas.edu
Phone: 202-334-1339