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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 Business Development Manager Zabrina Johal.

  • General Atomics Awarded ARPA-E Funding for Advanced Reactor Research

    Awards from DOE this spring will accelerate EM2 advanced reactor developmentSan Diego, June 5, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on Monday awarded General Atomics (GA) a total of nearly $3 million in funding to continue development of two key technologies associated with GA’s Energy Multiplier Module (EM2) concept. The awards are part of ARPA-E’s Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration...

  • How General Atomics Developed Its Revolutionary Nuclear Fuel Solution

    The U.S. is pouring funding into developing new fuel technology for advanced nuclear reactors in a bid to help the flagging industry. On April 27, it awarded General Atomics (GA) $3.2 million for two projects that the San Diego, California-based company is developing, including an accident tolerant fuel (ATF) solution that the company says is “truly revolutionary.”

  • Stable Isotope Proves Valuable in Study of Fusion Reactor Wall Erosion

    Researchers in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Stable Isotope Group are accustomed to helping scientists identify solutions that optimize the design of their experiments and enable the novel use of isotopes. This division works closely with California-based General Atomics on a national fusion energy tokamak device called DIII-D, located in San Diego, and is collaborating with them on improving methods for tracing the erosion, transport, and re-deposition of tungsten (W) at the plasma material interface in the fusion reactor.

  • DIII-D National Fusion Facility Begins Transformation to Prepare for Future Reactors

    One of the most flexible and highly instrumented fusion research reactors in the world is undergoing major enhancements that will pave the way to future fusion power plants.

    The DIII-D National Fusion Facility, operated by General Atomics for the Department of Energy, is the largest magnetic fusion experiment in the U.S. This week marks the start of a series of enhancements to DIII-D that will make it possible to commence new studies of the physics of future fusion reactors.


  • Whistling While You Work: Fusion Scientists Find Inspiration in Earth’s Ionosphere

    The challenge of fusion energy is often compared to capturing – and holding – lightning in a bottle. The analogy is apt because lightning and a fusion energy plasma have a lot in common, including very high temperatures, massive electric charges and complex fluid dynamics. Researchers at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego recently found another characteristic shared between the two types of plasmas: an odd electromagnetic wave known as a whistler. If their theories are correct, the whistler observation could help better understand runaway electrons in tokamaks and could even help control these destructive particles.

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