Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy: New Report


Inertial fusion energy (IFE) has the potential to provide enough power to meet the world's energy needs for millions of years without producing greenhouse gases, long-lived radioactive waste, or other major environmental impacts.  Although research began in the 1960s, there are still many scientific and engineering barriers that must be addressed in order to realize IFE.


A new National Research Council report assesses the prospects for IFE, describing the current status of the technology in the U.S. and identifying major scientific and engineering challenges.  The report also provides guidance on a research and development road map for the design and construction of an IFE demonstration plant.


Advance copies of An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy will be available to reporters only starting at 2 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 19. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 20. To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail More information about the project can be found at