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Columbia Energy Tech Revolution Forum -- Fusion: No Longer Thirty...

October 12, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy for the Columbia Energy Technology Revolution Forum, a new webinar series hosted by Paul Dabbar, CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow and former Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. The series will focus on frank, practical, scientific and technological discussions on the prospects of new technologies in the energy world. Each session will bring together experts to focus on a different energy technology.

Energy technologies in the last twenty years have advanced significantly, and much of what is currently being deployed, including now-prevalent technologies such as solar, wind, batteries, and advanced drilling, was not commercially available in the not-so-distant past. In the last 10-15 years, public and private R&D has significantly advanced a long list of new technologies that are now competitive without government incentives.

Much of the current dialogue from energy policy makers focuses on existing technologies; this forum will instead address what is next in new and emerging technologies. The forum will help inform the audience of the state of various technologies, their prospects to make further contributions to the energy mix, and how these technologies should be further invested in, from basic discovery through deployment.

The first session will feature Sir Steven Cowley, Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Labs, and the lead lab in the area of fusion energy. He will be joined by Dr. Robert Mumgaard, CEO of Commonwealth Fusion Systems, a spin out of MIT looking to have a net-out fusion plant before the end of the decade.

The discussion will focus on the state of fusion technologies, how fast until we get to a net-out containment, and energy policies to drive from net-out containment to commercial fusion plants.


This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

This event is open to press, and registration is required to attend.

For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Kyu Lee ([email protected]) or Genna Morton ([email protected]).

For more information about the event, please contact [email protected].

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