On Wednesday, July 6th, the U.S Department of Energy announced the first round of 2022 INFUSE partnership awards for 18 projects with private industry that will enhance collaboration with DOE national laboratories and U.S. universities on fusion energy development. The awards were provided through the Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program.
16 of these 18 awards were given to FIA members to advance fusion energy commercialization.
FIA member companies selected for awards include Commonwealth Fusion Systems, General Fusion, Helicity Space Corporation, Magneto-Inertial Fusion Technologies, Inc. (MIFTI), Princeton Fusion Systems, TAE Technologies, Tokamak Energy, and Xcimer Energy. Here is the full list of awards.
These FIA member companies will work in collaboration with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of California, Davis, Savannah River National Laboratory, among others.
The INFUSE program is sponsored by the Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program office within DOE’s Office of Science and is focused on accelerating fusion energy development through public-private research partnerships.
The objective of INFUSE is to enable cost-effective, innovative fusion energy technology partnerships between the private sector and public laboratories. This round marked the first time that Universities were eligible.
These awards are significant as they were selected among proposals from the fusion industry and selected projects for one or two-year awards between $50,000 and $500,000 each, with a 20% cost share for industry partners.
Public private partnerships like INFUSE can facilitate fusion development, helping advance the ambitious timeline set by industry professionals. This collaboration between private industry and the U.S Department of Energy is one step further towards the commercialization of fusion energy.