Visualization by Ken Filar, PSFC research affiliate

Visualization by Ken Filar, PSFC research affiliate

Technology

Bringing together decades of government-funded fusion science with a recently developed materials science breakthrough in superconductors

Decades of government-funded research in fusion science have established the tokamak as the leading approach to confining fusion-grade plasmas with strong magnetic fields. Yet, in the past, even state-of-the art superconducting magnet technology required tokamaks to be enormous to produce net fusion energy.

Recently, a new superconductor technology has reached industrial maturity: Rare-Earth Barium Copper Oxide (REBCO). CFS plans to engineer REBCO into high-field magnets, which enables much smaller tokamak-based fusion systems. Smaller means cheaper and faster development.