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March 6, 2018 10:00 am

Hearing: The Future of US Fusion Energy Research

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Science
  • Energy

The Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a hearing titled The Future of U.S. Fusion Energy Research to explore the status of basic research on nuclear fusion energy including U.S. international partnerships, domestic research programs, and private sector innovation. This hearing will specifically examine U.S. participation in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project in France, an international initiative to build the world’s largest tokamak reactor, and address the current status of ITER engineering, construction, and management. ITER is a collaboration project with 35 countries to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers the Sun and stars.

Witnesses include: 

  • Dr. Bernard Bigot, director-general, ITER Organization
  • Dr. James W. Van Dam, acting associate director, Fusion Energy Sciences, Office of Science, Department of Energy
  • Dr. Mickey Wade, director of advanced fusion systems, Magnetic Fusion Energy Division, General Atomics
  • Dr. Mark Herrmann, director, National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

More details are available at the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology site.