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Fusion Energy and the Growing Fusion Industry

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

Fusion energy has the potential to provide safe, carbon-free, dispatchable baseload electricity to the grid starting in the early 2030s. Fusion is what powers the stars, combining hydrogen atoms into larger helium atoms and releasing energy in the process. It has a tremendous energy density, requiring approximately a million times less fuel than conventional thermal energy generation. While governments have been sponsoring fusion research for decades, progress has recently accelerated significantly due to several billion dollars in private investment into more than 40 private companies working to build demonstration power plants. This talk will describe the fundamentals of fusion energy, the state of the fusion industry, and topics of common interest in engineering that translate from other fields to fusion. All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Alex Creely and David Young and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Alex Creely and David Young.

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Alex CreelyAlex Creely is the Head of Tokamak Operations at Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), leading physics analysis and operational planning for the world's first net-energy magnetic fusion device, the SPARC tokamak. Alex studied Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University as an undergraduate before completing his PhD in Applied Plasma Physics at MIT. He has worked on fusion devices around the world, including the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at MIT, the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany, and the Large Helical Device at the National Institute for Fusion Science in Japan.
Davin YoungDavin Young is a Principal Open Innovation Engineer at Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), responsible for identifying and developing external collaborations which can accelerate fusion energy development timelines. Davin studied Engineering Physics at Queen’s University and is a professional engineer with 12 years of experience advancing emerging energy technologies to commercial deployment. He has prior experience leading the development of Compressed Air Energy Storage technology at Hydrostor, developing efficiency improvements for electrical vehicle drivetrains with InMotive, and improving smelter efficiency in the metallurgical sector with Hatch.
T. S. RamakrishnanT. S. Ramakrishnan is a retired senior scientific advisor from Schlumberger-Doll Re-search. He was also a research director and scientific advisor responsible for carbon storage, and enhanced and unconventional recovery previously. He has a B.Tech. (ChE) from IIT Delhi and a Ph.D. (ChE) from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
He has published papers in the fields of multicomponent/multiphase flow, formation and well testing, measurement of capillary pressure, relative permeability, and resistivity, array induction logging, carbonate petrophysics, NMR, intelligent completions, nonlinear differential equations, capillary dynamics, dissolution driven instabilities, carbon storage, gravity tongues and alloy-based plug and abandonment. He has also co-authored a book
on Formation Testing that was published in 2021.
Ramakrishnan was a distinguished lecturer of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in 2005-6, elected a distinguished member of SPE in 2003, and received the Formation Evaluation award in 2009. His research papers won the Henri-Doll award of Schlumberger in 1995 and 1997, and the SPWLA best paper award in 1998. His B.Tech. thesis was given the Acharya P.C. Ray national award. In 2012, he was presented the Charles W. Pierce
distinguished alumni award at IIT Chicago. He was also elected a distinguished alumnus of IIT Delhi in 2013. In 2023, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He has 77 granted U.S. patents.