Planning for TFTR began in 1973 at the urging of Robert L. Hirsch, then director of the U.S. fusion program at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Construction was authorized by Congress in the FY 1976 budget process.The facility began operation in 1982 with Dale Meade as Head of TFTR Research Operations. Dale who became deputy director of the PPPL. Meade said, “The objective of TFTR was to demonstrate controlled nuclear fusion energy from deuterium-tritium (D-T) reactions in a magnetically confined plasma.”
ANS, the premier U.S organization for promoting nuclear science, will formally announce the award at its virtual winter meeting that starts November 16. The landmark plaque recognizes TFTR “For demonstrating significant fusion energy production and tritium technologies for future nuclear fusion power plants and the first detailed exploration of magnetically confined deuterium-tritium fusion plasmas.”
ANS has awarded such landmark designations since 1985 to identify and memorialize public and private nuclear ventures that were placed in service 20 or more years ago and where “outstanding physical accomplishments took place that were instrumental in the advancement and implementation of nuclear technology and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.” Previous landmark designees include Chicago Pile 1, the first sustained chained nuclear reaction, which went into operation in 1942, and Shippingport Atomic Power Station, the U.S. fission power demonstration plant, which began operating in 1957.
For more information see: https://www.pppl.gov/news/2020/09/groundbreaking-tokamak-fusion-test-reactor-designated-nuclear-historic-landmark
Congratulations should be sent to:
Dale Meade: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Hawryluk: email@example.com