Fusion Power is the Sun in a Bottle

The sun and stars are powered by light atoms that fuse at extremely high temperatures and pressures. Reproducing this process on earth has the potential to provide a sustainable solution to the world’s energy requirements, but this requires overcoming some very difficult technical challenges. Engineers at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development are using ANSYS Mechanical and ANSYS SpaceClaim to optimize the design of critical structures in the Demonstration Power Station project, which will produce fusion power on the same scale as a modern electric power generation station.