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This function manages the design, fabrication and operation of PPPL experimental devices, and oversees the Laboratory’s facilities and its electrical and infrastructure systems.

Praise and suggestions for fusion research from a utility industry think tank

Research to develop fusion energy has shown “significant progress” in many areas, according to a new report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a think tank whose members represent some 90 percent of the electricity produced in the United States. At the same time, the report said that a commercial fusion power plant is at least 30 years away, and called for more research on the engineering challenges.

Neway Atnafu

Neway Atnafu is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and certifed project management professional (PMP). He is a mechanical engineer and engineering project manager who has worked on many aspects of the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U), including the cooling systems, neutral beam relocation, vacuum vessel analysis, magnetic coil bus bars, passive plate modifcations and structural support design. He is the responsible engineer for the NSTX-U cooling systems, and is expert in the safe operation of mobile and overhead cranes, hoisting and rigging.

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