NCSX was estimated to cost $70 M when the FY 2003 budget was submitted to Congress in 2002.
In late 2006, it became clear that National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) construction project would not be able to meet its approved baseline total project cost of $102M or its completion date of July 2009.
Raymond Orbach, charged his Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) to "conduct a scientific and programmatic review focused on evaluating the NCSX (National Compact Stellarator Experiment) program and its potential impact on the U.S.
fusion program told FESAC in July that the latest cost estimate for NCSX was about $130 million.
In addition to being part of the winding form team, Major Tool and Machine was awarded a subcontract to manufacture the NCSX vacuum chamber.
"These are the most challenging and critical components of NCSX, and we are delighted to award these contracts to such superbly qualified industrial subcontractors," said PPPL Director Robert J.
The planned proof-of-principle scale NCSX
experiment at PPPL will address integrated issues of disruption-free, high-beta operation in a quasi-axisymmetric configuration with high input power.
The OFES will also allocated $11 M to begin fabrication of a new National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX
) at Princeton.
The $70 million device, known as the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX
), will complement an international effort to develop the Stellarator concept for fusion power plant and other applications.
Within this amount, $208,690,000 is provided for Facility Operations with $36,361,000 for Dill-D, $15,977,000 for Alcator C-Mod, $29,774,000 for NSTX, no funds for NCSX
, and $124,000,000 for ITER, and $64,404,000 is provided for Alternative Concepts Experimental Research with $16,690,000 for Experimental Plasma Research and no funds for NCSX
The firm demonstrated this with a prototype steel casting for the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX
The fiscal year 2009 budget request included $20,342,000 for the NCSX
. The Department is directed to reallocate these funds as proposed by the Department to the Committee under Scenario II.