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  • September 12, 2018: Summary of FESAC report on Transformative Enabling Capabilities for Efficient Advance Toward Fusion Energy
    Dr. Maingi chaired the FESAC panel, and they identified several areas where new capabilities, if developed, have the potential to accelerate our progress towards fusion energy.
  • February 13, 2018: Update on progress in the ITER project
    The US Burning Plasma Organization is pleased to welcome Dr. Bernard Bigot, who will give an update on progress in the ITER Project. Dr. Bigot took over as Director General of the ITER Organization in early 2015 following a distinguished career that included serving as Chairman and CEO of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and as High Commissioner for ITER in France. During his tenure at ITER the project has moved into high gear, with rapid progress evident on the construction site and preparation of a staged schedule and a research plan leading from where we are today through all the way to full DT operation.
  • U.S. Fusion Outreach Group
    Please join the U.S. Fusion Outreach Team! This group is organized by the U.S Burning Plasma Organization (USBPO) to provide a platform for national fusion outreach efforts to unite.
  • Disruption Task GroupLeaders: Valerie Izzo (UCSD) and Robert Granetz (MIT)
    The task group exists to coordinate US-wide disruption research efforts (both experiment and theory), to identify gaps and suggest priorities, and particularly to ensure that outstanding issues for the ITER Disruption Mitigation System are addressed in a timely manner. The US ITER Project Office has the responsibility to provide ITER's DMS.

The Wendelstein 7 X stellarator achieved its First Plasma milestone on 10 December 2015. The accuracy of the magnet system was verified by electron-beam field mapping and expected island structures were observed. The first plasma consisted of Helium and reached about 1 million degrees Celsius. (Photos: IPP)

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