Greg Piefer, the founder and chief executive officer of SHINE Technologies, and Stephanie Diem, an assistant professor in the UW-Madison College of Engineering, were among the speakers invited to take part in a March 17 White House summit on the future of nuclear fusion energy. Diem is part of the engineering physics faculty within the larger college. Piefer is a UW-Madison graduate and fusion expert.
The summit involved about two-dozen national speakers. It was organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy. Called “Developing a Bold Decadal Vision for Commercial Fusion Energy,” the event gave an overview of fusion developments in the United States and beyond.
A White House fact sheet prefacing the event is here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/news-updates/2022/03/15/fact-sheet-developing-a-bold-vision-for-commercial-fusion-energy/
Fusion is the same reaction that powers the sun. It has potential to help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, increase energy security, and enhance U.S. technology leadership. Decades of public investment, billions of dollars of new private investment, and major recent scientific advances suggest commercial fusion is within reasonable sight.