LLNL-Led Team Receives DOE Award to Establish Inertial Fusion Energy Hub

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Electrical impulses from both sides meet at a fusion explosion in the center.

January 8, 2024 | Originally published by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on December 7, 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a four-year, $16 million project to a multi-institutional team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to accelerate inertial fusion energy (IFE) science and technology. This effort will be carried out by the newly established IFE Science and Technology Accelerated Research for Fusion Innovation and Reactor Engineering (STARFIRE) Hub.

“The achievement of ignition at LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) provides fresh impetus and the scientific foundation for IFE,” said LLNL IFE Institutional Initiative lead Tammy Ma, principal investigator for the IFE Hub. “DOE’s IFE STAR program represents the re-establishment of the public U.S. IFE program, and we are incredibly excited to bring together an excellent team to advance fusion energy, in synergy with our stewardship mission.”

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