Lockheed Martin Corp. announced that its Skunk Works® team had made a breakthrough on a compact fusion reactor (CFR). The reactor, measuring seven by ten feet, will be built and tested within a year, and a prototype is to be built in five years. The small size of the reactor makes the timeframe much faster than other fusion experiments. Lockheed Martin caused a stir when it outlined plans for this reactor in February 2013.
Tom McGuire, compact fusion lead for the Skunk Works’ Revolutionary Technology Programs, said, “Our compact fusion concept combines several alternative magnetic confinement approaches, taking the best parts of each, and offers a 90 percent size reduction over previous concepts.”
The team is beginning to search for partners in industry and government to help further the technology.
Fusion energy offers carbon-free clean energy and is an ideal power source in terms of security and the environment. American Security Project’s Fusion White Paper outlines a plan on how to accelerate the development of fusion power in the United States.