26 January 2020 to 1 February 2020
Europe/Berlin timezone

Building a fast ignition fusion power plant

29 Jan 2020, 08:30


Waldemar-Petersen-Haus Oberseitestraße 38 A-6992 Hirschegg/Kleinwalsertal


Prof. Markus Roth (TU Darmstadt)


Marvel Fusion will start the first laser fusion company in Europe Fusion energy is the ultimate energy source and a vital part of fighting climate change. So far the IFE community has focused on indirect-drive hot-spot ignition. Much progress has been made since the start of the NIC campaign in 2009. However, even though only short of about a factor of two in most parameters, ignition has not been achieved. We report on a new enterprise to take on IFE and to aim for demonstration of ignition, burn and gain until 2030 using the direct-drive proton fast ignition approach. This research endeavor foots on the expertise of NIF, LIFE and the HIPER project, but is powered by the speed of a private start-up company, that is entirely mission driven and will be based in Germany. We will report on the concept and the team that has started to work on the goal for a base-load fusion power plant in Europe.

Primary author

Prof. Markus Roth (TU Darmstadt)


Dr Christine Labaune (Ecole Polytechnique) Dr Georg Korn (Marvel Fusion) Prof. Gerard Mourou (Ecole Polytechnique) Dr Karl-Georg Schlesinger (Marvel Fusion) Mrs Melanie Bochmann (Marvel Fusion) Prof. Mike Dunne (Stanford University) Mr Moritz von der Linden (Marvel Fusion) Dr Pasha Shabalin (Marvel Fusion) Prof. Todd Ditmire (University of Texas Austin) Mr Vahe Shirvanyan (Marvel Fusion) Dr Vladimir Tikhonchuk (ELI-BEAMLINES)

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