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A Statement of Task The committee will be charged with providing guidance to the U.S. Department of Energy, and others, that are aligned with the objective of constructing a pilot plant in the United States that produces electricity from fusion at the lowest possible capital cost (âPilot Plantâ). In the study, to be completed within 8 months of project initiation, the committee shall provide a concise report that addresses the following points: â¢ In developing and carrying out a plan for building a Pilot Plant, key goals need to be established for all critical aspects of the Pilot Plant. Identify those key goals, independent of confinement concept, which a Pilot Plant must demonstrate during each of its anticipated phases of operation. â¢ List the principal innovations needed for the private sector to address, perhaps in concert with efforts by DOE, to meet the key goals identified in the first bullet. CONSIDERATIONS In addressing the first bullet in the statement of task, the committee should consider the key goals for each of the plantâs anticipated phases of operation. Areas for key goals that the committee might consider include scientific (e.g., materials and systems performance and integration), technical (e.g., electrical output and availability), economic (e.g., capital costs and time frame, operating and maintenance costs), environmental (e.g., level of radioactive wastes), and safety-related (e.g., regulatory, tritium inventory). In carrying out the statement of task, the committee is encouraged to seek input from potential âfuture ownersâ of power plants, such as electric utility companies, and potential manufacturers of fusion power plant components, to broadly characterize the energy market for fusion and to provide input on what they would look for in a fusion pilot plant and how such plants can contribute to national energy needs. PREPUBLICATION COPY â SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION A-1