According to science researchers at Florida A&M University's Center for Plasma Science and Technology (CePaST) in Innovation Park, our national security is in jeopardy unless we develop new energy sources. The planet is at risk of CO2 suffocation unless we discover clean energy alternatives, which is the focus of a new research project at FAMU.
“Fusion from nuclear collisions is now recognized as one of the best overall long term options,” according to FAMU Physics Professor Joseph Johnson, Ph.D. “FAMU is now funded at $1 million to design and begin a vigorous pursuit of a fusion facility.”
According to Johnson, this “Congressional Direction” comes from the U. S. Department of Energy through Congress.
Congressman Kendrick Meek was instrumental in this acquisition for FAMU’s research enterprise. FAMU anticipates additional funding of $5 million the second year (2010), and $5 million the third year (2011).
With the FAMU Spheromak Turbulent Plasma Experiment (STPX), FAMU faculty and students are now positioned to lead with innovations into a 22nd century of worry free electricity. A spheromak uses magnets to squeeze plasma and produce fusion much like the more expensive and government utilized tokamaks. Fusion leaves no carbon footprints behind and is a pollution-free source of energy.
New scientific discoveries need to be made so that fusion power plants can be built on a manageable scale. The three-year STPX project is a first step on this path, which will immediately focus the nation’s, and the world’s attention on FAMU, Tallahassee, and Florida as important new global players.
FAMU will collaborate with West Virginia University and Auburn University. This research will provide new career and research opportunities for students, along with models for the development of expanded job opportunities throughout the nation.