Fusion Public-Private Partnership Awards Announced
July 1, 2021
The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $2.1 million across 9
collaborative projects between DOE national laboratories and selected
private companies aimed at overcoming focused challenges related to
fusion energy development.
The awards are part of the Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program
was established in 2019 by DOE's Office of Fusion Energy
Sciences (FES) and seeks to assist fusion energy development through
public-private research partnerships.
"After two successful years of INFUSE, it is clear that the program
offers significant benefit to the fusion community," said James Van Dam,
DOE Associate Director for Fusion Energy Sciences. "This new round of
funding shows continued interest in the program as new companies
continue to apply, looking to leverage the unique expertise and
capabilities available at the DOE national laboratory system."
The funding will provide 7 selected companies with access to the world
class expertise and facilities of DOE's national laboratories, which
will equip their researchers to address critical scientific and
technological challenges of fusion energy systems. The INFUSE program
selected projects for one- or two-year awards between $50,000 and
$500,000 each, with a 20% cost share for the private sector partners.
The awards are subject to a successful negotiation of a Cooperative
Research and Development Agreement between the companies and the
partnering DOE National Laboratories.
The 9 selected projects will take advantage of INFUSE's primary areas of
focus: enabling fusion technologies; materials; diagnostics; modeling
and simulation; and experimental capabilities.
Full abstracts for each project are available on the INFUSE website.
- Air Squared Inc. (Broomfield, CO): Design, Test, and Evaluation
of a Scroll Roughing Vacuum Pump with Filter and Vespel Tip Seals for
Tritium Handling (Partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
- Commonwealth Fusion Systems (Cambridge, MA): Active Redox Control
of Molten Salts for Fusion Blankets (Partnership with Savannah River
- Commonwealth Fusion Systems (Cambridge, MA): Informing Layout and
Performance Requirements for SPARC Massive Gas Injection (Partnership
with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory)
- General Atomics (San Diego, CA): Performance Testing of
Low-resistance Demountable HTS Joints for Large Segmented Magnets
(Partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
- HelicitySpace (Berkeley, CA): Simulation of the Helicity Drive
Magneto-Inertial Fusion Concept (Partnership with Los Alamos National
- Microsoft (Redmond, WA): Improving Plasma Control Capabilities in
Magnetically-Confined Tokamak Systems with Transformer Neural Networks
(Partnership with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory)
- Renaissance Americas Inc. (Houston, TX): Phase Diagram of
Li-LiH,D,(T) Mixtures and Implications for Tritium Retention and
Extraction (Partnership with Savannah River National Laboratory)
- TAE Technologies, Inc. (Foothill Ranch, CA): Extending
Operational Boundaries in the Advanced FRC (Partnership with Princeton
Plasma Physics Laboratory)
- TAE Technologies, Inc. (Foothill Ranch, CA): X-ray Diagnostic for
C-2W FRC Plasma (Partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory)