Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz To Dedicate NSTX-U At Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will dedicate the upgraded National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX-U) at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

The NSTX-U is the nation’s newest fusion energy experiment, a spherical tokamak that explores the creation of high-performance plasmas at temperatures hotter than the center of the sun. The event will include a tour of the NSTX-U facility and the dedication ceremony.

Secretary Moniz will deliver remarks at the dedication and will be joined by Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman. Immediately following the remarks the Secretary will participate in a question and answer session with the press.

The $94-million upgrade, completed on time and under budget, makes the fusion device nearly twice as powerful by adding a powerful new center magnet and a second neutral beam box, which injects a powerful current into the plasma to help heat it to 100 million degrees. The unique shape of the NSTX-U was designed to require less energy than the traditional doughnut shaped tokamaks.