An overview of pilot plant designs based on the advanced tokamak, spherical tokamak and stellarator

T. Brown, L. Bromberg, A. E. Costley, Robert James Goldston, L. El-Guebaly, C. Kessel, G. H. Neilson, S. Malang, J. E. Menard, Stewart C. Prager, S. Scott, L. Waganer, M. Zarnstorff

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Abstract

A fusion pilot plant study was initiated to evaluate the potential benefits of following the fission development path as an approach for the commercialization of fusion. In such an approach, a fusion pilot plant would bridge the development needs in moving from ITER to a first of a kind fusion power plant. The pilot plant mission would encompass the component test and fusion nuclear science missions yet produce net electricity. In the first phase of the study scoping designs were developed for three different magnetic configuration options: the advanced tokamak (AT), spherical tokamak (ST) and compact stellarator (CS). Critical component features have been added to the designs that impact the general arrangement and maintenance characteristics of each device. The requirements specified in defining the pilot plant challenge the machine configurations developed for each option. Developing multiple options with a consistent set of requirements enables a uniform comparison of configuration and component issues that drive each design. This paper will provide an engineering design overview of each option, address open issues and assess where further work is needed to meet the pilot plant objectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE/NPSS 24th Symposium on Fusion Engineering, SOFE 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 16 2011
Event2011 IEEE/NPSS 24th Symposium on Fusion Engineering, SOFE 2011 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2011Jun 30 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - Symposium on Fusion Engineering

Other

Other2011 IEEE/NPSS 24th Symposium on Fusion Engineering, SOFE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period6/26/116/30/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

Keywords

  • advanced tokamak (AT)
  • compact stellarator (CS)
  • component test
  • pilot plant
  • spherical tokamak (ST)

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