The 170-page report concludes that "a burning plasma experiment
is critically needed to advance fusion science," that "undertaking a burning plasma experiment
cannot be done on a flat budget," and that "if negotiations proceed successfully, the fusion science program will move ahead with the ITER endeavor.
Yet funding for FIRE, a domestic burning plasma experiment
that could provide an alternative to ITER, has been eliminated.
It provided interim advice to the Department of Energy regarding reentering negotiations to be a participant in a multinational burning plasma experiment (ITER).
The committee will carry out an assessment of a program of burning plasma experiments and its role in magnetic fusion research.
In addition to supporting a burning plasma experiment
, the U.
Marburger said, "I believe the fusion community has made a compelling case that a burning plasma experiment is the essential next scientific step for fusion research.
Marburger said that in addition to a burning plasma experiment, an "equally important part is the search for a commercially optimal containment technology.
The IOS-TG also recommends physics guidelines and methodologies for the operation and design of burning plasma experiments
Demonstrate enhanced fundamental understanding of magnetic confinement and improved basis for future burning plasma experiments
through research on magnetic confinement configuration optimization.
The additional $10,800,000 includes $4,000,000 for burning plasma experiments
, including support for ITER and for the domestic FIRE project, $5,200,000 for fusion technology, and $1,600,000 for advanced design and analysis work.