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.”
The IFE-STARFIRE hub will accelerate demonstration of high-gain target designs, target manufacturing and engagement and diode-pumped solid state laser technologies, with development of these technologies guided through an IFE-plant modeling framework. The project will also begin developing the workforce of the future for IFE through partnerships with leading universities and innovative new curriculum development and implementation.
“I am thrilled the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been selected to receive $16 million to establish a national IFE STARFIRE Hub,” said U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15). “The Inertial Fusion Energy Science and Technology Accelerated Research (IFE-STAR) program will help enhance global energy security and continue the progress and breakthroughs in scientific advancements made by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.”