Small number of private fusion companies starting up, 
    • Filing patents and finding >$100M investment.
    • Taking VERY aggressive approach:
    • Many scientific issues attempted in parallel
    • Uncomfortably short time-lines (for most in fusion)
    • Highly competitive and often secretive 
    • Now hiring DOE scientists on staff, advisory boards
    Context of DOE program presented –recent planning for compact fusion systems summarized.

    Problem: GWe systems don't fit normal commercialization paths.
    Solution: Make systems compact and modular.


                 "Tri-Alpha"                      "General Fusion"