The Energy Crisis is Over!

Derek Sutherland exclaims that the energy crisis is over and explores how nuclear fusion can revolutionize energy production. Derek extols the many virtues of fusion and how with research and public support it can become reality.

Derek Sutherland is a graduate research associate at the University of Washington (UW), and is also the CEO of CTFusion, a spin-off company dedicated to the development of economical, compact toroidal fusion reactors. Derek, a native of Orlando, Florida, performed his undergraduate work at MIT, and graduated 2012 with a double major in Nuclear Engineering and Physics, with a focus on plasma physics and fusion. Professor Jarboe (PI), Derek, and the HIT-SI team at the UW issued a press release concerning the Dynomak, a full-scale reactor concept estimated to cost less than a coal-fired power plant at the same output. Derek was recognized as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Energy in 2015 for his work on the dynomak reactor concept. He has considerable experience working with fusion ventures, from mainline tokamak devices at MIT and General Atomics to alternative concepts of spheromaks and field-reversed configurations at the UW, General Fusion Inc., and Los Alamos National Laboratories.

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