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General Atomics Energy News and Updates

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.


  • General Atomics Researcher Honored for Fusion Engineering

    David Pace recognized as a leading contributor in development of fusion diagnostics

    Dr. David Pace has been selected by the Fusion Power Associates (FPA) Board of Directors to receive its Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award for his leadership within the fusion research community and his work developing fusion diagnostics at multiple international facilities. He presently serves as the Diagnostic Systems Coordinator at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, operated by General Atomics in San Diego.

  • General Atomics nuclear fusion program (DIII-D) gets DOE funding extension

    San Diego-based General Atomics is working to find an abundant source of energy without pollution or nuclear waste. The goal of this nuclear fusion program known as DIII-D is to harness a virtually inexhaustible source of energy that, theoretically, could supply electricity for power plants all over the world while emitting no carbon pollution or long-lived nuclear waste. And to help with that effort, the Department of Energy has given researchers a 5-year funding extension. Wayne Solomon, Deputy Director of DIII-D at General Atomics, was in studio to talk about it.

  • DIII-D Receives Five-Year Funding Award from Department of Energy

    Award will fund multiple projects to advance science of practical fusion energy

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced finalization of a cooperative agreement with General Atomics (GA) to operate the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, the country’s largest magnetic fusion research facility with 2019 authorized funding of $121.5 million for GA and collaborating institutions. The cooperative agreement enables GA’s stewardship of DIII-D to continue through 2024, providing opportunities for scientists from around the world to carry out important research in the development of practical fusion energy. 

  • General Atomics Researcher Named Fellow of the American Physical Society

    Richard Buttery recognized as a pioneering contributor in understanding of fusion plasmas

    According to the APS, Buttery was selected “for pioneering contributions to the understanding of magnetohydrodynamics stability in tokamak plasmas, including the physics of tearing modes and magnetic field errors, and for outstanding scientific leadership of national and international fusion research.”

  • Island Retreat: Fuel Injection Helps Reduce Magnetic Island Instabilities

    Recently, researchers at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility operated by General Atomics in San Diego discovered a new way to eliminate magnetic islands in fusion plasmas, which are unstable structures within the magnetic fields that tear holes in the field and release energy from the plasma, stopping the fusion reaction. For future fusion power plants to produce electricity efficiently, the growth of magnetic islands must be prevented or eliminated.

  • New Insights Could Help Tame Speedy Ions in Fusion Plasmas

    A team at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility operated by General Atomics in San Diego recently took a different approach to studying fast ions, which can damage fusion tokamaks. The research showed promising results that have not only yielded insights into the physics of the particles themselves, but they may also lead to new and reliable ways to monitor and manage how well fast ions are contained in future reactors.

  • Taking New Angle to Enable More Efficient, Compact Fusion Power Plants

    Researchers at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility operated by General Atomics in San Diego have demonstrated a new approach for injecting microwaves into a fusion plasma that doubles the efficiency of a critical technique that could have major implications for future fusion reactors. The results show that launching the microwaves into the plasma via a novel geometry delivers substantial improvements in the plasma current drive.

  • Zabrina Johal, Energy Director of Business Development Appears on Titans of Nuclear Podcast

    Energy Group Director of Business Development Zabrina Johal appeared on an episode of the Titans of Nuclear podcast to discuss her background as a nuclear engineering officer in the U.S. Navy and why nuclear fission and fusion are critical elements of the energy mix – and what we need to do make it happen.

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