Criteria for practical fusion power systems: Report from the EPRI fusion panel

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Electric utilities are keenly interested in the promise of fusion: large-scale electricity production anywhere, with virtually no natural resource depletion or environmental pollution. To expedite development of commercially viable fusion systems, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)—the R&D wing of the U.S. electric utility industry—recently convened a panel of top utility R&D managers and executive officers to identify the key criteria that must be met by fusion plants in order to be acceptable to utilities. The panel's findings, summarized in this report, emphasize competitive economics, positive public perception, and regulatory simplicity.

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    The following EPRI reports are available from the EPRI Distribution Center, (510) 934–4212:

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    Report of the 1992 Fusion Panel, TR-101649, November 1992. (Expert panel's key criteria for comparing alternative fusion technologies.)

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    Utility Requirements for Fusion, AP-2254, February 1982. (Broad-based industry derivation of fusion power plant characteristics judged most important to electric utilities.)

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Kaslow, J., Brown, M., Hirsch, R. et al. Criteria for practical fusion power systems: Report from the EPRI fusion panel. J Fusion Energ 13, 181–183 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02213958

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Key Words

  • Economics
  • public acceptance
  • regulatory simplicity