TAE Technologies Targets Commercial Nuclear Fusion by 2030

TAE has produced a stable plasma at 50,000,000°C within a compact reactor and repeated this over hundreds of testing cycles. They have had over 25,000 fully integrated fusion reactor core experiments. The experiments were optimized with machine learning from a collaboration with Google. The current goal is a commercial fusion power plant by 2030.

They recently raised an additional $280 million investment. Total funding is over $880 million.

A larger-scale new reactor called ‘Copernicus’will operate at over 100,000,000°C to simulate net energy production from the conventional deuterium-tritium fuel cycle. Copernicus will provide opportunities to license its technology for D-T fusion, while scaling to the ultimate goal of using p-B11. They expect commercialization of p-B11 fusion power plants beginning by the late 2020s.

The approximate cost of the Copernicus reactor is $200 million. TAE started construction and test runs start in 2023.

The Da Vinci device is a proposed successor device to Copernicus. It is a prototype commercially scalable fusion energy reactor designed to bridge between D-T and a p-11B fuel. Conditional on the success of Copernicus, it will be developed in the second half of the 2020s and will be designed to achieve a plasma of 3 billion°C, keep a proton-boron fuel stable and produce fusion energy.

Norman reactor is about 100 feet long. Copernicus is about 200 feet long and will have criss-cross like an asterisk (*). TAE has had schedule slippage but this is expected for ambitious new technology that has to solve many science problems and raise a lot of funding.

There are several companies working towards commercializing nuclear fusion. TAE Technologies is the best-funded of the non-government projects.

SOURCES – TAE, Engineering and technology
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com