Bulletin: General Fusion partnering with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories to advance fusion energy technology

The work is being done through the Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative—a program that facilitates access to world-class facilities for industrial partners around the world.

General Fusion (GF) is working with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) on a project to advance fusion energy technology. More specifically, the pair is developing tritium extraction techniques for use in commercial fusion power plants.

Explainer: Tritium is a rare isotope of hydrogen. It’s used in a number of ways including sealed light sources, like emergency exit signs, as well as fuel for experimental nuclear fusion machines being researched to harness fusion energy for power—how GF will use it.

As a corporate goal, General Fusion is aiming to develop a practical and economical approach to Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF). MTF is fueled by hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium.

Working together, GF and CNL will identify the most promising approaches for managing tritium in fusion energy systems—specifically, the process of extracting tritium from liquid metal to provide a limitless supply of tritium fuel.

The work is being done through the Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative—a program that facilitates access to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ world-class facilities for industrial partners in Canada and around the world.

“Our global research partners play an important role in helping General Fusion advance its MTF technology for commercialization,” said Ryan Guerrero, Chief Technology Officer at General Fusion. “This collaboration with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories will further refine this technology for application in commercial power plants.”

To confirm the performance and economics of its MTF technology at a power plant-relevant scale, General Fusion is preparing to build a $400 million Fusion Demonstration Plant, which is scheduled to be operational in 2025.