National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medecine

Wednesday, May 12, 2021  ( recorded on February 17th , 2021 )

Bringing Fusion to the U.S. Grid

Fusion energy could provide a future source of non-carbon emitting electricity generation for the United States and play a role as the nation decarbonizes its electricity infrastructure. Using the technological and research results from U.S. investments, including the international fusion experiment known as ITER, the United States has the opportunity to begin planning for its first fusion energy pilot plant.

A new National Academies’ report, Bringing Fusion to the U.S. Grid, presents a strategic plan for the scientific and technical innovations that will lead to the design, construction, and operation of a fusion pilot plant with the goal of producing electricity in the 2035-2040 timeframe and paving the way for commercial development.

It will be followed by a Q&A session with:

  • Rich Hawryluk, Chairman of the NASEM Committee, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Dennis Whyte, NASEM Committee Member, Director of MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center
  • Brian Wirth, NASEM Committee Member, University of Tennessee

A written chat will be available for questions and comments during the Wednesday session.

The webinar given by the US National Academy of Science (NASEM) is scheduled on Wednesday from 11h00 to 12h00 and will be rebroadcasted on Saturday from 16h00 to 17h00 (CET).

Stellar Energy Foundation

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 (recorded on January 13th, 2021)

Energy, Environment, Innovation: Fusion’s Promise for our Climate

The event will discuss the alarming realities of trying to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and explore fusion’s potential for helping to overcome the little-discussed challenges we face. Laban Coblentz, Head of Communications at ITER will share his views on the urgency of acting quickly with long term solutions to how to provide power to the planet. Dennis Whyte, Director of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, will discuss why we ought to believe that fusion energy can play a large role in providing such power. Chris Gadomski of Bloomberg New Energy Finance News will moderate a spirited and candid panel discussion of these topics.

It will be followed with a Q&A session with:

  • Matt Miller, President, Stellar Energy Foundation,
  • Dennis Whyte, Director of MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center,
  • Steven Cowley, Director of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory,
  • Laban Coblentz, Head of Communication, ITER Organization.

A written chat will be available for questions and comments during these periods.

SEF webinar n°2 is scheduled on Wednesday from 16h00 to 17h00 and will be rebroadcated on  Saturday from 11h00 to 12h00 (CET).

Ansaldo Nucleare Webinar

Thursday, May 13, 2021

History in the making: Ansaldo Nucleare contribution to the Fusion Era

Ansaldo Nucleare has contributed for over 30 years to the Nuclear Fusion Research Programs and to the main European Fusion Reactors development. This webinar will show the peculiarities of some of its main projects: from the supply of the Vacuum Vessel sectors to the design and engineering of the TB13. Our key resources will explain the achieved milestones and opportunities related to these projects as well as their contributions to the Fusion Era. Also, we will have a look at what the future holds, including front end engineering activities for Fusion Power Plant commercial deployment.

The Ansaldo Nucleare webinar is scheduled on Thursday from 10h00 to 11h00 and from 15h00 to 16h00 (CET). Written chat for questions and comments are available during the tours.

Questions will be answered live by:

  • Gianpaolo SanguinettiFusion Business Leader
  • Andrea Basso, Managing Director,
  • Francesco Orzelli, Engineering Manager,
  • Dario Galbiati,  Sales Manager ,
  • Maurizio Mancino, Engineering Manager,
  • Marco Palmero, Project Manager.


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Visit Consorzio RFX facilities– from magnetic confinement to plasma heating

In Padova (Italy), at Consorzio RFX (partners: CNR, ENEA, INFN, Università di Padova; Acciaierie Venete S.p.A.), fusion research is progressing in science and technology through the exploitation of two plants: the ITER-Neutral Beam Test Facility and the RFX-mod experiment.
Join our technical tour to the facilities, step inside our labs and find out.

After a short introduction on the activities developed at Consorzio RFX; you’ll get a panoramic view of the NBTF facility, you’ll enter in SPIDER, the most powerful ion source in the world, in operation from 2018, and you’ll be brought in the RFX facility where important modifications are under way. Discover the physics under investigation: from RFX-mod to RFX-mod2 through a new magnetic front-end, and the technology innovations: the design of a new RF generator made by solid-state amplifiers for the ITER injectors, and the development of a Non- Evaporable Getter pump for the SPIDER ion source.

Come and visit us, and stay tuned.

Registered TALKS for webinar

  • Eng. Loris Zanotto – NBTF Power Supply responsible
  • Prof. Emanuele Sartori – Professor of Electrical Engineering at Padua University
  • Dr. Lionello Marrelli, RFX-mod2 Scientific Responsible

SPEAKERS during the Q&A live chat

  • Prof. Francesco Gnesotto, President of Consorzio RFX, full professor of Electrical Engineering at Padua University
  • Dr. Gianluigi Serianni, SPIDER Scientific Responsible
  • Eng. Simone Peruzzo, Project Manager for RFX-mod modifications
  • Dr. Lionello Marrelli, RFX-mod2 Scientific Responsible

The visit to Consorzio RFX facilities is scheduled on Thursday from 11h00 to 12h00 and from 16h00 to 17h00 (CET). Written chat for your questions and comments will be available during these periods.

CEA/IRFM webinar

Friday, May 14, 2021

From Tore Supra to WEST : the long roadto technology and physics integration in a tokamak

Presenter/Moderator: André Grosman, CEA/IRFM deputy head

The early focus on adequate plasma performance to achieve a significant fusion reaction rate, limited the required technology developments and their integration in a consistent tokamak design on those necessary to obtain the adequate plasma conditions, irrespective of their relevance for future fusion reactors.

When the Tore Supra proposal was initiated in the late 1970s, its major novelty was the production of the main magnetic field with a superconducting magnet. However, it became clear for the Tore Supra promoters that this opened the way to the realisation of long plasma discharges with a first goal set at 30s. This required a continuous heat and particle exhaust, and thus active cooling of all in vessel components and continuous gas pumping. The involved technology developments proved to be very specific and very challenging. Even more, the components had to integrate the technologies into designs that were relevant not only by themselves but once combined into a tokamak.

The superconducting toroidal field coils and their ancillary cryogenic system have now been operated for more than 30 years, without major developments. The actively cooled plasma facing components exhibited a strong evolution either on the technology side (CIEL project with a full set of carbon actively cooled components and WEST with a full set of ITER grade W divertor Plasma facing components) or on the plasma wall interaction implementation: limiter, ergodic divertor and x-point divertor, being successively implemented. The necessary plasma heating and current drive is realized with radio frequency waves coupling in vessel, which proved to be uneasy. The full integration of the technologies and the implementation of adequate plasma control tools allowed the realisation of long discharges up to 6 minutes, providing essential results and preparation for paving the way to ITER.

CEA/IRFM webinar is scheduled on Friday from 10h00 to 11h00 and from 15h00 to 16h00 (CET). Written chat will be available for questions and comments during these periods.