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January 17, 2019

Report sets future for U.S. burning plasma research

Written By: Sam Million-Weaver

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Amy Wendt was a coauthor of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report that urges the United States to develop plans to benefit from its investment in burning plasma research and take steps to develop fusion electricity for the nation’s future energy needs. Wendt is a leading expert in burning plasma research, which is one reason she was tapped to steer our nation’s agenda in the field. This latest report, published Dec. 13, 2018, recommends that the United States remain a partner in ITER, a multinational facility located in Europe, while starting a national program to construct a compact pilot plant that produces electricity from fusion at the lowest possible capital cost.