A ROADMAP FOR CANADA TO DEVELOP FUSION ENERGY


37th Annual CNS Conference - 2017 June 04-07

Presented at:
37th Annual CNS Conference
2017 June 04-07
Location:
Niagara Falls
Session Title:
1A2 / 1B2 - Panel Discussion: Fusion 2030

Authors:
N. Alexander (Bucephalus Consulting)
B. Bromley (Canadian Nuclear Society)
M. Delage (General Fusion)
T. Howard (General Fusion)
R. Fedosejevs (University of Alberta)
A.A. Offenberger (University of Alberta)
Y. Tsui (University of Alberta)
H. Gaber (UOIT)
A. Smolyakov (University of Saskatchewan)
C. Xiao (University of Saskatchewan)
A. Wallace (HOPE Innovations Inc.)
M. Dalzell (Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation)
  

Abstract

Fusion has the potential to become a clean, safe, abundant, economic, and transformative source of energy, which would help minimize greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, while meeting the world’s growing energy needs.  With progress in fusion accelerating worldwide, there is a consortium of Canadian researchers seeking to build a strong Canadian fusion program that will be internationally competitive.  While there has been progress in Canada over the last 40 years in areas of magnetic fusion, laser-based inertial fusion, alternative concepts, and the production and handling of fusion fuels, currently there is no focused national program and efforts have been relatively small compared to those in other nations.  There are also new innovative entrepreneurs and startup companies (such as General Fusion in Burnaby, BC) seeking to develop fusion systems.  A high-level roadmap is described and proposed for a revitalized Canadian fusion R&D program.  Such a program could create the capacity to secure a role for Canada in this exciting and quickly developing field.  A revitalized Canadian fusion program could culminate in Canada participating in a demonstration fusion energy power plant and developing technologies for deployment of fusion power plants in the future.

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