Continuous Electrode Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, Md.
Value: Approximately $125,000
Length of Study: 9 months
NASA recognizes within its roadmaps (specifically TA 3.1.6) that development of aneutronic fusion (such as p-11B) reactors with direct energy conversion (>80%) would be an enabling technology to achieve low specific mass (kg/kW) through the elimination of shielding and potentially the need for dedicated radiators. In addition, material activation due to neutron capture could be avoided.