In addition to providing reliable and abundant power when and where it is needed, a stellarator power plant must be cost-competitive to build and operate. This is now possible due to three transformational capabilities being applied by Type One in collaboration with academic, national lab, and corporate partners.
In Type One’s plan, generative design with hybrid additive manufacturing, advanced materials, and robotic automation enables the rapid, large-scale build of highly optimized, complex-shaped, dimensionally-accurate, and defect-free stellarator components to net shape. This will be augmented by advancements in analytical theory, supercomputing and sophisticated codes to uncover previously hidden magnetic field configurations that provide optimal confinement of the plasma for the largest and most efficient power generation. In addition, new (HTS) magnets can carry over 200 times the current carrying capacity of copper wires for a more compact stellarator. It also requires less cooling power than conventional low-temperature magnets.
Type One Energy is building the machine that builds the machine. The Wisconsin company is developing from the ground up NEBULA – a proprietary large format, selective high precision additive manufacturing platform made for the economical mass production of major fusion components.
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