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A Review of the DOE Plan for U.S. Fusion Community Participation in the ITER Program
ORIGIN OF THIS STUDY
In Section 972 (c)(4)(A) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congress directed that DOE
in consultation with the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee,… develop a plan for the participation of United States scientists in the ITER that shall include:
the United States research agenda for the ITER;
methods to evaluate whether the ITER is promoting progress toward making fusion a reliable and affordable source of power; and
a description of how work at the ITER will relate to other elements of the United States fusion program.
In February 2006, DOE asked the U.S Burning Plasma Organization (USBPO) to develop that plan. The resulting report, Planning for U.S.Fusion Community Participation in the ITER Program,11 completed in June 2006, represents an important first step in organizing the U.S. ITER Project Office and the plasma science community to successfully participate in the project. The plan was submitted to Congress by DOE on August 10, 2006.
In Section 972 (c)(4)(B) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, DOE was directed to request a review of the plan by the National Academy of Sciences. At DOE’s request (see Appendix A), the National Research Council’s Committee to Review the U.S. ITER Science Participation Planning Process was thus convened and asked to review and evaluate the current DOE plan, Planning for U.S. Fusion Community Participation in the ITERProgram, and to recommend elements for future development of the plan for U.S. plasma science participation in the ITER project.