An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy

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National Academies Press, Jul 5, 2013 - Science - 246 pages
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The potential for using fusion energy to produce commercial electric power was first explored in the 1950s. Harnessing fusion energy offers the prospect of a nearly carbon-free energy source with a virtually unlimited supply of fuel. Unlike nuclear fission plants, appropriately designed fusion power plants would not produce the large amounts of high-level nuclear waste that requires long-term disposal. Due to these prospects, many nations have initiated research and development (R&D) programs aimed at developing fusion as an energy source. Two R&D approaches are being explored: magnetic fusion energy (MFE) and inertial fusion energy (IFE).

An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy describes and assesses the current status of IFE research in the United States; compares the various technical approaches to IFE; and identifies the scientific and engineering challenges associated with developing inertial confinement fusion (ICF) in particular as an energy source. It also provides guidance on an R&D roadmap at the conceptual level for a national program focusing on the design and construction of an inertial fusion energy demonstration plant.

 

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Contents

SUMMARY
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Chamber Technology
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Materials
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Tritium Production Recovery and Management
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BalanceofPlant Considerations
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A ROADMAP FOR INERTIAL FUSION ENERGY
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A The Basic Science of Inertial Fusion Energy
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Agendas for Committee Meetings and Site Visits
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Agendas for Meetings of the Panel on the Assessment of Inertial
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F Foreign Inertial Fusion Energy Programs
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H Summary from the Report of the Panel on the Assessment of
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Technical Discussion of the Recent Results from the National
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