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ALPHA 2017 Annual Review Meeting

ALPHA ANNUAL REVIEW MEETING
AUGUST 29-31, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29

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Description

9:00

10:00

Registration; Breakfast on your own

10:00

10:05

Welcome
Dr. Eric Rohlfing, Acting Director, ARPA-E

10:05

10:30

Introduction
Dr. Patrick McGrath, Associate Director of Technology, ARPA-E
Dr. Ryan Umstattd, Acting Deputy Director for Commercialization, ARPA-E

10:30

10:40

Spherically Imploding Plasma Liners:  A Potentially Transformative Fusion Driver
Dr. Scott Hsu, Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. F. Douglas Witherspoon, President, HyperV Technologies, and VP, HyperJet Fusion

10:40

10:50

A Compact Fusion Device based on the Sheared Flow Stabilized Z-Pinch
Professor Uri Shumlak, University of Washington/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, with Zap Energy Inc.

10:50

11:00

Staged Z-pinch Target for Fusion
Dr. Frank J. Wessel, Chief Scientist, Magneto-Inertial Fusion Technologies, Inc.

11:00

11:20

Break

11:20

11:30

Staged Magnetic Compression of FRC Targets to Fusion Conditions
Dr. David Kirtley, Chief Executive Officer, Helion Energy Inc.

11:30

11:40

Stabilized Liner Compressor (SLC) for Low-Cost Fusion Power
Dr. Peter J. Turchi, Senior Scientist, NumerEx LLC

11:40

11:50

Plasma Accelerator on SSX
Professor Michael Brown, Professor of Physics, Swarthmore College

11:50

12:00

MEMS Based Ion Beam Drivers for Magnetized Target Fusion
Dr. Thomas Schenkel, Program Head, LBNL

12:00

13:00

Lunch

13:00

13:10

Progress in colliding an MHD-driven plasma jet with a heavy target to study fast compression relevant to  magnetized target fusion
Dr. Hui Li, Los Alamos National Laboratory

13:10

13:20

Progress in demonstrating magneto-inertial fusion science and scaling
Dr. Daniel Sinars, Sandia National Laboratories

13:20

13:30

Introduction to Metrics Breakout
Dr. Ryan Umstattd,  ARPA-E

13:30

14:30

Breakout Session: Metrics

14:30

16:30

Poster Session

16:30

16:30

Meeting Adjourns

16:30

18:00

No-Host Happy Hour

18:00

 

Dinner on your own


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30

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Description

9:00

10:00

Registration and breakfast on your own

10:00

10:25

Introduction
Dr. Patrick McGrath, Associate Director of Technology, ARPA-E
Dr. Ryan Umstattd, Acting Deputy Director for Commercialization, ARPA-E

10:25

10:35

A Faster Route to Fusion Power Based on Spherical Tokamaks with High Temperature Superconducting Magnets
Dr. David Kingham, CEO, Tokamak Energy Ltd, UK

10:35

10:45

F1 Reactor - An Evolution of the Magneto-Electrostatic Fusion (MEF) Concept to Achieve Net Power
Randall Volberg, Fusion One

10:45

10:55

Innovation and the high-field path to fusion
Martin Greenwald - Deputy Director, MIT-Plasma Science & Fusion Center

10:55

11:15

Break

11:15

12:00

Panel Discussion: “Startup Launch: Insights and Lessons Learned”
Moderator: Mr. Nate Gorence, Technology-to-Market Advisor at ARPA-E

Panelists:
Mr. Josh Posamentier, Managing Partner, co-founder of Congruent Ventures
Dr. Isik C. Kizilyalli, Program Director, ARPA-E. Former CEO, CTO, and  founder of Avogy Inc.
Dr. Michel Laberge, Chief Science Officer, General Fusion

12:00

13:30

Lunch

13:30

13:40

Polywell Fusion: 30 years and Ready for Commercialization
Dr. Jaeyoung Park, President, Energy Matter Conversion Corp. (EMC2)

13:40

13:50

Steady-state Spheromaks for the Pursuit of Economical Fusion Power
Derek Sutherland, CT Fusion

13:50

14:05

Scaling up the Capital  for Commercializing Fusion
Eric Ingersoll, Lucid Strategy

14:05

14:15

Introduction to Breakout
Dr. Ryan Umstattd,  ARPA-E

14:15

14:30

Break

14:30

16:00

Breakout Session: Role of Government

16:00

16:10

Status Update on Tri Alpha Energy’s Fusion Program
Hiroshi Gota, Tri Alpha Energy

16:10

16:20

Overview and Status of the Compact Fusion Reactor Project (CFR)
Dr. Thomas J. McGuire, PI, CFR Project, Lockheed Martin

16:20

16:30

Update on General Fusion’s Magnetized Target Fusion Program
Dr. Michel Laberge, Chief Science Officer, General Fusion

16:30

17:00

Report Out and Wrap Up

17:00

 

Meeting Adjourns