As demand for electricity increases every year, so does the need for fusion energy research. And what better to help with that than a compact, cost-effective tokamak using NI CompactRIO hardware and NI LabVIEW software?
For those who don’t know, a tokamak is a torus-shaped device that uses magnetic fields to confine plasma, which is necessary given that plasma can reach temperatures of millions of degrees. A stable plasma discharge requires a magnetic field that moves around the torus in a helical path.
Tokamak Solutions develops small, spherical tokamaks that provide the 300 plasma research centers in the world with easier access to the technology they need to accelerate their research at a lower cost. The company has created the ST25 – a small, fully-operational tokamak with the potential to speed up the fusion R&D process and make fusion power widely available.
Tokamak Solutions also chose LabVIEW and CompactRIO to manage the plasma control and data acquisition of the ST25. These NI products helped simplify the whole building process, yielding promising results in just a short time.