Target production for inertial fusion energy

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Inertial fusion energy (IFE) power plants will require the ignition and burn of 5-10 fusion fuel targets every second. The technology to economically mass produce high-quality, precision targets at this rate is beyond the current state of the art. Techniques that are scalable to high production rates, however, have been identified for all the necessary process steps, and many have been tested in laboratory experiments or are similar to current commercial manufacturing processes. In this paper, we describe a baseline target factory conceptual design and estimate its capital and operating costs. The result is a total production cost of {approximately}16{cents} ... continued below

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Woodworth, J.G. & Meier, W. March 1, 1995.

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Inertial fusion energy (IFE) power plants will require the ignition and burn of 5-10 fusion fuel targets every second. The technology to economically mass produce high-quality, precision targets at this rate is beyond the current state of the art. Techniques that are scalable to high production rates, however, have been identified for all the necessary process steps, and many have been tested in laboratory experiments or are similar to current commercial manufacturing processes. In this paper, we describe a baseline target factory conceptual design and estimate its capital and operating costs. The result is a total production cost of {approximately}16{cents} per target. At this level, target production represents about 6% of the estimated cost of electricity from a 1-GW{sub e} IFE power plant. Cost scaling relationships are presented and used to show the variation in target cost with production rate and plant power level.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96002099

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  • Other: DE96002099
  • Report No.: UCRL-ID--117396
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • DOI: 10.2172/125415 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 125415
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc628420

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Woodworth, J.G. & Meier, W. Target production for inertial fusion energy, report, March 1, 1995; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc628420/: accessed June 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.