A plan for the development of fusion energy

Robert James Goldston, Mohamed Abdou, Charles Baker, Michael Campbell, Vincent Chan, Stephen Dean, Amanda Hubbard, Robert Iotti, Thomas Jarboe, John Lindl, B. Grant Logan, Kathryn McCarthy, Farrokh Najmabadi, Craig Olson, Stewart C. Prager, Ned Sauthoff, John Sethian, John Sheffield, Steven Zinkle

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This is the final report of a panel set up by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) in response to a charge letter dated September 10, 2002 from Dr. Ray Orbach, Director of the DOE's Office of Science. In that letter, Dr. Orbach asked FESAC to develop a plan with the end goal of the start of operation of a demonstration power plant in approximately 35 years. This report, submitted March 5, 2003, presents such a plan, leading to commercial application of fusion energy by mid-century. The plan is derived from the necessary features of a demonstration fusion power plant and from the time scale defined by President Bush. It identifies critical milestones, key decision points, needed major facilities and required budgets. The report also responds to a request from DOE to FESAC to describe what new or upgraded fusion facilities will "best serve our purposes" over a time frame of the next twenty years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-111
Number of pages51
JournalJournal of Fusion Energy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


  • Fusion energy
  • Fusion program plan


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