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FEATURE ARTICLE
Magnetic Containment of Fusion Energy Seen as Key to 'Breakthrough of the
Century'
Gauss Fusion, Proxima Fusion and others are committed to applying powerful magnets to generate and control fusion energy. This view inside
a stellarator module at WX-7 shows the plasma vessel, a magnet coil, the outer casing, and numerous ducts for coolant and leads for power.
(Photo credit: MPI for Plasma Physics, Wolfgang Filser)
Focused on magnetic technology for the confinement of fusion
energy, German venture-backed startups Gauss Fusion and
Proxima Fusion are moving resolutely to become front-runners
in the global race to pioneer commercial fusion power - seen
by many as what could be one of the greatest breakthroughs of
this century. New leadership, new partners and new funding are
coming together at Gauss, but it is not a lone runner as Proxima
builds on its close affiliation with the Max Planck Institute for
Plasma Physics.
The fusion process requires temperatures of 150 to 300 million
°C. Under these conditions, the particles can overcome their natural
electromagnetic repulsion and fuse. In the process, they release
energy that can drive turbines to generate electricity, just as
in conventional power plants. Before the technology can be used
commercially, further innovation and industrialization is required.
As new players around the globe race to accomplish the daunting
challenge, Gauss is focusing on high-field magnetic confinement
technology with its higher technology readiness level because the
approach is technically more mature and has the clearest path to
a fusion power plant in a shorter time. Others, notably, Tokamak
Energy in the UK and Cambridge Fusion Systems in the U.S.,
are also embracing the strategy., as reported earlier in Magnetics
Magazine; also Proxima.
Gauss Fusion has appointed Milena Roveda as CEO, Frederick Bordry
as CTO, and Norbert Holtkamp as principal scientist, as it taps top
scientific and large-scale project management experience gained at
CERN, ITER and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Headquartered in Hanau, Germany, Gauss recently appointed its
top leadership team as it gathers talent from key scientific and industrial
organizations. Milena Roveda, previously an executive of
Bayer, ThyssenKrupp and private equity firms, was named CEO.
Frederick Bordry, chief technology officer, is a former director for
accelerators and technology at CERN. Norbert Holtkamp, appointed
principal scientist, played a pivotal role in the construction
of several DoE facilities and served as principal deputy director
general overseeing the construction of ITER, the world's largest
fusion research facility situated in Cadarache, France.
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