Princeton-based Stellarex signs MOU with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories to collab on fusion energy

Stellarex Inc. and the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that provides a framework for collaboration and cooperation in the science and technology of fusion energy production.

Under the terms of the collaboration, Princeton-based Stellarex and CNL will partner in specific areas of fusion energy science and technology toward the design and realization of Stellarex’s planned fusion energy power plants.

These specific areas of collaboration focus on fusion energy technologies for which CNL has world-leading expertise, including tritium-related systems associated with the fuel cycle, safety analysis, regulatory compliance, remote maintenance/inspection, materials analysis and waste processing.

“Stellarex is delighted to be collaborating with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories,” Professor Amitava Bhattacharjee, co-founder and chief science officer of Stellarex, and also of Princeton University, said. “CNL has exceptional experience in many key areas of importance in developing our stellarator fusion energy devices.”

“Canada is in the midst of rapidly growing our work in fusion energy technologies, and CNL is excited to partner with Stellarex in its pursuit of a magnetic fusion energy based on the stellarator approach,” Stephen Bushby, vice president, science and technology, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, said. “The Stellarex team has decades of accumulated fusion science and technology experience and expertise garnered from the leading fusion projects in the world, and CNL is looking forward to supporting their technology development with our extensive capabilities in the safe management of deuterium and tritium, as well as our state-of-the-art research and development facilities for advanced reactor support and development.”

Stellarex co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Michael Zarnstorff added that, “A key part of a fusion power plant is the auxiliary systems that support the operation of the device, particularly the fuel cycle, the maintenance systems and plant safety systems.”