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Project Title:

Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems
PIN: DEPS-BPA-10-03        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: DEPS Board on Energy & Environmental Systems
DEPS Board on Physics & Astronomy

RSO: Lang, David

Subject/Focus Area: Energy and Energy Conservation; Engineering and Technology; Math, Chemistry and Physics

Project Scope
The Committee will prepare a report that will:

Assess the prospects for generating power using inertial confinement fusion;
Identify scientific and engineering challenges, cost targets, and R&D objectives associated with developing an IFE demonstration plant; and
Advise the U.S. Department of Energy on its development of an R&D roadmap aimed at creating a conceptual design for an inertial fusion energy demonstration plant.

The Committee will also prepare an interim report giving DOE guidance to assist the department in FY 2012 IFE program planning. A Panel on Fusion Target Physics with access to classified information as well as controlled-restricted unclassified information will serve as a technical resource to the committee and will describe, in a report containing only publicly accessible information, the R&D challenges to providing suitable targets on the basis of parameters established and provided by the Committee. The Panel will also assess the current performance of various fusion target technologies.

The webpage for the Panel on Fusion Target Physics is at URL

More information on the project can be found on the webpage for the study on the Board on Physics and Astronomy's website at URL .

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Energy, and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Note (01-20-2012): The Project Scope was updated to focus the committee’s interim report on DOE’s FY 2013 IFE Program Planning instead of on FY 2012.

The approximate start date for the project is 7/8/2010.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 12/16/2010
 Meeting 2 - 01/29/2011
 Meeting 3 - 03/30/2011
 Meeting 4 - 06/15/2011
 Meeting 5 - 10/31/2011
 Meeting 6 - 02/22/2012
 Meeting 7 - 04/12/2012


Reports having no URL can be seen
at the Public Access Records Office
Interim Report-Status of the Study "An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy"
An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy