Substantial physics, engineering, and technological efforts have been required to build and operate magnetic fusion devices. This work has led to advances in the state of the art in a host of disciplines, including vacuum technology, mechanics and materials science, electronics, computer technology, and high-voltage power systems. The technological advancements arising out of magnetic fusion research are applicable to many other fields, including aerospace, defense, manufacturing, data processing, communications, and the power industry.
The transfer of technology to private industry, academic institutions, and other federal laboratories is one of the missions of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). As a technology resource, PPPL seeks to provide its unique expertise to solutions of industrial problems. PPPL has also endeavored to enhance its contact with area small businesses and to provide technological help and guidance where possible. In addition, PPPL participates in the U.S. Department of Energy Technology Partnership Ombuds Initiative.
The PPPL Office of Technology Transfer is the initial point of contact for public and private organizations wishing access to PPPL's scientific and technological resources. The Office of Technology Transfer is prepared to assist industry, universities, state and local government, and others in the transfer process.
The Laboratory is currently working with a number of partners in scientific research and technology development. These collaborations are Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) or Work For Others (WFOs) projects, and primarily involve applications of science and technology developed for PPPL's fusion program. In addition to CRADAs and WFOs, the Laboratory also uses Scientific User Facilities, Technical Personnel Exchanges (used for short tem interaction), Technical Documents and Software, Contracting Agreements, Consulting Agreements, Patents and Software Licensing, and Technology Maturation Projects to promote the transfer of PPPL technology.
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