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As a major energy research and development firm, General Atomics’ energy businesses are often the subject of media coverage. We also engage in a variety of outreach efforts to the scientific and academic communities to educate the public on the future of energy. Media professionals seeking more information on these activities should contact GA Director of Business Development Zabrina Johal.


  • DIII-D University Collaborators Receive Funding from Department of Energy

    Collaborative Fusion Energy Research Awards help advance science of practical fusion energy

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday announced $14 million in awards to ten universities across the country to pursue fusion energy research at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego. 

  • Department of Energy Announces $14 Million for Fusion Energy Sciences Research

    Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $14 million in funding for 10 university-led research projects using the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, operated by General Atomics in San Diego.  A major goal of the research is to develop methods of sustaining steady-state or continuous operation of fusion reactors, an essential step toward eventually making nuclear fusion a practical energy source.

  • San Diego Plays a Key Part in Development of Fusion Energy

    San Diego is known for many things – its climate, its beaches, its naval base. But there is a little-known industry in the region that seeks to change the future of humanity. All the stars in the universe rely on fusion, and San Diego has its own star in DIII-D at General Atomics: a donut-shaped chamber that heats matter to more than 100 million degrees. [In Spanish]

  • DIII-D Scientists Develop Technology to Improve Feasibility of Fusion Reactors

    New small angle slot (SAS) divertor offers a promising solution for power exhaust in future fusion power plants

    Scientists at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility have taken a step toward advancing fusion energy to a practical reality with a technology that enables more effective cooling of fusion plasmas, reducing the risk of damage to the interior walls of fusion tokamaks. The development is known as a small angle slot (SAS) divertor.

  • DIII-D Scientists Pinpoint Mechanism Responsible for Wall Erosion in Fusion Devices

    Research suggests a pathway to reducing damage in future fusion reactors

    Scientists at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility (DIII-D) have found the mechanism responsible for enhanced erosion of the inner walls of fusion tokamaks, potentially solving a significant challenge to the viability of future fusion reactors. The results, described in an article published in the journal Physics of Plasmas, may provide a pathway for substantially reducing erosion in the ITER experiment under construction in France, as well as future commercial power plants.

  • General Atomics Researcher Honored for Career Achievement in Fusion Science

    DIII-D scientist receives key award for achievements in advancing tokamak performance

    The Fusion Power Associates Board of Directors has selected Dr. Edward (Ted) Strait to receive its Distinguished Career Award for his contributions to fusion science and advancing the performance of fusion plasmas.

  • A ‘significant leap’ in experiments at nuclear fusion project based at General Atomics

    The energy potential for nuclear fusion has always been remarkably ambitious but progress has usually been painfully slow. But researchers and collaborators working on the DIII-D National Fusion Facility based at San Diego’s General Atomics have completed a series of successful experiments with an approach called “Super-H Mode” that has improved performance so dramatically they think it will accelerate the development of nuclear fusion reactors that could result, in theory, in a virtually limitless source of clean, carbon-free energy.

  • Recent Breakthrough on DIII-D Enables Major Step Toward Economical Fusion Energy

    “Super H Mode” experiments demonstrate record fusion performance

    It’s called “Super-H Mode,” and it could mean a dramatic reduction in the cost and size of future fusion reactors.

    In a paper released today in the journal Nuclear Fusion, General Atomics (GA) researchers and collaborators working at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility describe experiments exploring a new advanced operating mode for fusion reactors that could represent a major step toward realizing a nearly limitless source of carbon-free energy.

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