CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a company collaborating with MIT to design and build the world’s first net-energy fusion device, will build a 47-acre campus in Devens, Massachusetts, that “will be the birthplace of the commercial fusion energy industry,” CFS said in a release.
Devens is a regional enterprise zone managed by MassDevelopment, the Commonwealth’s finance and development agency. The campus will be home to CFS’s corporate offices and an advanced manufacturing facility, where CFS will build high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets that are key to its efforts to bring fusion power to market.
“This campus is an important milestone in our mission to commercialize fusion energy and combat climate change,” said CFS CEO Bob Mumgaard, in the release. “This will be the site where we harness fusion and prove it can work as a clean, limitless power source for the first time in history.”
Commonwealth Fusion Systems is collaborating with MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) to design and build SPARC, reported to be the world’s first net-energy fusion device. The collaborative work includes the development of groundbreaking HTS magnets that could pave the way for CFS to build significantly smaller and lower-cost fusion power plants. Peer-reviewed research published in a leading scientific journal reportedly shows that SPARC will achieve net energy if the magnets work. A full-scale magnet demonstration is set to take place in June 2021.
Commonwealth Fusion Systems will construct the HTS magnets for SPARC and future fusion power plants at the Devens campus in a 160,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, the company said in the release.
“Historically, we have had many technologies that change the world start in Massachusetts, and when Commonwealth Fusion Systems does it by bringing fusion energy technology to life, we will be able to say they did it at their first-of-its-kind campus in Devens,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera, in the release. “The former U.S. Army base today boasts an ecosystem of cutting-edge technology and manufacturing companies, thanks to its proximity to major research and education hubs, first-rate utility infrastructure, and commitment to fostering innovation. As the Commonwealth’s finance and economic development agency tasked with redeveloping Devens, MassDevelopment is thrilled to welcome Commonwealth Fusion Systems to the community.”
King Street Properties of Boston will develop and own the manufacturing facility. Construction on the campus will begin in spring 2021, CFS said in the release.