Fusion Electric Power Generation

The potential to generate electric power from fusion has been the principal business and political justification for fusion research. EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) had a $4M/year fusion energy effort until the mid-1980s when it was cancelled. It generated a number of documents that help define the criteria that a fusion electric power plant must meet to be acceptable to an electric utility.

Changes in the marketplace, competing power sources, and environmental issues are also relevant factors:

Dr. Bussard examines the many considerations involved in implementing an IEC-based electric fusion power plant.

Dr. Kulcinski suggests a number of short term commercial opportunities for fusion including the detection of explosives, production of medical isotopes, and the destruction of long-lived fission products:

Dr. Krakowski provides a simplified top-level costing model to project the cost of electricity from various conceptual fusion power plants:

Dr. Najmabadi examines progress in tokamaks and alternative magnetic-confinement systems:

A pragmatic examination of the characteristics needed for a commercially viable fusion power plant are provided in: