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2016 ALPHA Annual Meeting

Accelerating Low-Cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA) Annual Review Meeting
August 9-11, 2016
Seattle, WA

Tuesday, August 9th

Start

End

 

13:00

13:10

Welcome
Dr. Ellen Williams, Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E)

13:10

13:25

Introduction
Dr. Patrick McGrath, Associate Director of Technology, ARPA-E

13:25

13:45

Round-the-Room Introductions

13:45

14:00

Break

14:00

14:15

Demonstration Opportunities at the Nevada National Security Site
Dr. Michael Mohar, Strategic Visionary, Nevada National Security Site

14:15

14:30

Fusion Reactor Design, Modeling, and Simulation Capabilities at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Dr. Michael Zarnstorff, Deputy Director for Research, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

14:30

14:45

Break

14:45

14:50

Introduction to Panel Discussion
 Dr. Ryan Umstattd, Senior Commercialization Advisor, ARPA-E

14:50

16:00

Panel Discussion
Evolution in the Fusion Energy Ecosystem: Private Companies

Moderator: 
Mr. Andrew Holland, Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, American Security Project

Panelists:
Dr. Michel Laberge, CSO, General Fusion
Dr. Thomas J. McGuire, Principal Investigator, Compact Fusion Reactor Program, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
Mr. Derek Sutherland, Co-Founder and CEO, CTFusion

16:00

16:15

Break

16:15

16:30

Staged Magnetic Compression of FRC Targets to Fusion Conditions

Dr. John Slough, Principal Investigator, MSNW LLC and Helion Energy Inc.

16:30

16:45

Staged Z-pinch Target for Fusion

Dr. Frank J. Wessel, Chief Scientist, Magneto-Inertial Fusion Technologies, Inc.

16:45

17:00

Development of a Compact Fusion Device based on the Flow Z-Pinch

Team Lead/PI: Professor Uri Shumlak, University of Washington

Speaker: Dr. Harry S. McLean, Team Co-Lead, Fusion Energy Sciences Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

17:00

17:15

Closing remarks


Wednesday, August 10th

Start

End

 

9:00

9:10

Welcome
Dr. Eric Rohlfing, Deputy Director for Technology, ARPA-E

9:10

9:20

Introduction
Dr. Patrick McGrath, Associate Director of Technology, ARPA-E

9:20

9:35

Stabilized Liner Compressor (SLC) for Low-Cost Fusion Power

Dr. Peter J. Turchi, Senior Scientist, NumerEx LLC

9:35

9:50

Mems Based Ion Beam Drivers for Magnetized Target Fusion

Dr. Thomas Schenkel, Program Head, LBNL

9:50

10:05

Spherically Imploding Plasma Liners:  A Potentially Transformative Fusion Driver

Dr. Scott Hsu, Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

10:05

10:20

Break

10:20

10:35

Progress in demonstrating fuel magnetization and laser heating tools for low-cost fusion energy

Dr. Kyle Peterson, Manager of ICF target design, Sandia National Laboratories

Dr. Jonathan Davies, LLE Scientist and Associate Professor of Research in Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester

10:35

10:50

Progress in colliding an MHD-driven plasma jet with a heavy target to study fast compression relevant to  magnetized target fusion

Prof. Paul M. Bellan, Professor of Applied Physics, Caltech

10:50

11:05


Plasma Accelerator on SSX

Prof. Michael Brown, Professor of Physics, Swarthmore College

11:05

11:20

Break

11:20

11:30

Introduction to Problem Solving
Dr. Patrick McGrath, ARPA-E

11:30

12:15

Caffeinated Problem Solving

12:15

13:15

Lunch

13:15

13:25

Introduction to Investment Talks
Dr. Ryan Umstattd, ARPA-E

13:25

13:45

Prize Theory
Dr. Marcius Extavour, Director of Technical Operations, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

13:45

14:05

A Partnership Model for Private and Strategic Investment in Fusion
Mr. Chris Daniel, Daniel Investments

14:05

14:20

Motivating a Fusion Power Plant Conceptual Cost Study
Mr. Scott Vitter, ARPA-E Technology to Market Intern

14:20

14:35

Break

14:35

14:45

Introduction to Breakout
Dr. Ryan Umstattd, ARPA-E

14:45

16:00

Breakout Discussions on Alternative Models for Fusion R&D
Municipal: Programmatic Approach #1
Marion:  Programmatic Approach #2
James: Programmatic Approach #3

16:00

16:45

Readout 

16:45

17:00

Closing Remarks


Thursday August 11th included meetings between individual teams and ARPA-E.