Fusion Energy Reactor Models Integrator (FERMI)

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Program:
GAMOW
Award:
$1,550,000
Location:
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Status:
ACTIVE
Project Term:
01/11/2021 - 12/31/2024
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Technology Description:

The current fusion reactor conceptual design cycle can take many years, increase costs, delay schedules, risk inconsistencies, and compromise learning and innovation. Detailed engineering design is even more challenging and lengthy. ORNL and its partners will develop an integrated simulation environment, the Fusion Energy Reactor Models Integrator (FERMI), to simulate the first wall and blanket for power extraction and tritium breeding. FERMI will substantially shorten the overall design cycle and reduce costs while significantly improving accuracy. The project team will integrate FERMI’s capabilities and demonstrate utility by simulating and assessing the innovative and potentially transformative liquid-immersion- blanket concept that could enable a compact, high-field path to commercial fusion energy.

Potential Impact:

Successful development of fusion energy science and technology could lead to a safe, carbon-free, abundant energy source for developed and emerging economies.

Security:

The GAMOW program will advance American leadership in fusion energy science and technology.

Environment:

If successfully developed and commercialized, fusion energy can provide abundant, zero-carbon energy.

Economy:

Advances in GAMOW’s technical areas will help accelerate progress toward commercial fusion energy and a new zero-carbon energy economy.

Contact

ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Ahmed Diallo
Project Contact:
Dr. Vittorio Badalassi
Press and General Inquiries Email:
ARPA-E-Comms@hq.doe.gov
Project Contact Email:
badalassiv@ornl.gov

Partners

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
HyPer Comp Inc.

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Release Date:
02/13/2020