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Breakthrough Fusion Simulations Shed Light on Clean Energy

A research team led by William Tang of the DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is developing a clearer picture of plasma confinement properties in an experimental device that will pave the way to future commercial fusion power plants.

Tang focuses on advanced simulation capabilities relevant to ITER, a multibillion-dollar international experimental device being built in France and involving the partnership of seven governments representing more than half of the world’s population.

If ITER is capable of sustaining effective fusion reactions, in which the fusion energy produced exceeds the input energy by more than an order of magnitude, humanity may well be on its way to a clean, safe, and limitless source of energy. Over the past 3 years using resources of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), Tang’s team has made continual improvements to tools essential for computationally solving fusion problems.

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  1. The substance should sustain a lot of fusion and heat and should resist it to the fullest.

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