WASHINGTON DC – Tokamak Energy Inc., with operations in Bruceton Mills has been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) fusion energy development program. Senator Joe Manchin said the Bruceton Mills company is one of eight nationwide that will explore designs and research fusion power plants. Fusion energy could provide abundant, safe, non-carbon emitting energy that would contribute to the energy independence of the country.
“This marks a pivotal point for advancing U.S. commercial fusion technology with the announcement of the first selections for the new Milestone-Based Fusion Development Program, and I could not be prouder that Tokamak Energy was picked alongside only seven other companies from around the nation to help advance the future of fusion energy. With the passage of the Energy Act of 2020 and the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, Congress provided clear bipartisan direction and support for the Department of Energy to undertake an ambitious program to develop fusion technologies to be commercially deployable in the next ten years. I am genuinely excited by the potential of fusion energy and technology to transform our future and contribute to our energy and national security. West Virginia has always been America’s energy powerhouse, and Tokamak is only the latest example of the Mountain State upholding our legacy and helping America remain a global energy leader,” said Chairman Manchin.
As part of the program, workers will work side-by-side with personnel from the U.S. national laboratories and universities to address significant technical and commercial challenges in the design of a fusion energy plant.
“We are delighted to be selected by the U.S. DOE for its Milestone-Based Fusion Development Program. It’s a fantastic endorsement of the strength of our team, technology and path to commercial fusion energy, combining the spherical tokamak with high temperature superconducting magnets,” Warrick Matthews, Managing Director for Tokamak energy said.
Additionally, Tokamak Energy and General Atomics (GA) have agreed in a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in development of high temperature superconducting technology for fusion energy in other applications like aviation, naval, space and medical.