• Technical Conference:  04 – 09 May 2025
  • The CLEO Hub: 06 – 08 May 2025

Laser Fusion - What's Next?

Wednesday, 08 May 14:30 – 16:00
The CLEO Hub Theater

Nuclear fusion promises an abundant, inexhaustible source of clean energy without the greenhouse gas emissions of fossil fuels or the radioactive waste of nuclear fission. The last few years have seen enormous progress towards functional fusion using lasers for inertial confinement. Scientists at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California (LLNL) managed to produce, for the first time in December 2022, a nuclear fusion reaction that released more energy than it used. This critical milestone paves the way for the future of clean energy generation. This panel discussion aims to provide a short overview of activities toward laser inertial confinement fusion and reality checks on global expectations. The speakers come from academia, large governmental organizations and fusion startups from around the world to provide a diverse perspective.

Moderator

Gabrielle Thomas, Group Leader Marketing, Menlo Systems GmbH, Germany

Panelists

JC Btaiche, CEO and Founder, Fuse, USA

Mike Campbell, Principal, MCM Consultants, USA

Dustin Froula, Distinguished Scientist, Plasma & Ultrafast Laser Science & Engineering Division Director, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, USA

Edward Moses, CEO, Longview Fusion Energy Systems, USA

Susana Reyes, VP for Chamber and Plant Design, Xcimer Energy Corporation, USA