National Academies study recommends a pilot fusion energy program

A new report on the development of fusion as an energy source, written at the request of the U.S. Secretary of Energy, proposes adoption of a national fusion strategy . Specifically the report includes the following finding:

Finding: While additional research and development is needed to establish the technical basis for large high-field HTS magnets, the growing industrial capability to produce HTS conductor, opportunities to partner with industry and other U.S. DOE program offices, and the rapid progress in HTS magnets may enable significant reductions in the size of magnetic fusion devices and support the compact lower-cost pathway to fusion development.