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Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Gives Scholars Insight Into Fusion Energy

Forty Governor’s STEM Scholars toured Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on Friday, November 11th. New Jersey’s federal laboratory, PPPL is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory based at Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Scholars learned from PPPL scientists and engineers on their work to turn fusion energy into a viable and commercial energy source that would reduce global reliance on fossil fuels. Scholars took a tour of the facility including the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U), a fusion reactor.

One Scholar said of the opportunity, “I was amazed at our site visit to Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. I loved how we were able to tour the fusion reactors and learn the science behind fusion energy. Connecting with the scientists was incredibly inspiring, as they explained the engineering and science behind this work.”