On March 9, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), followed shortly after by U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), toured the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center’s (PSFC) Alcator C-Mod tokamak.
Concerned that the Department of Energy's Presidential 2013 budget guidance would shut down MIT’s Alcator C-Mod fusion project, the governor and representatives came to the facility to learn more about fusion, its prospects for development as a green energy source, and specifically how Alcator C-Mod complements other national and international fusion facilities and programs.
Hosted by PSFC Director Miklos Porkolab, Alcator Project Head Earl Marmar and PFSC Associate Director Martin Greenwald, the guests toured the C-Mod control room, the power conversion room and the tokamak test cell.
Capuano, whose district includes MIT, took time during his visit to meet with union representatives to discuss jobs that would be at risk with funding cuts.
Since the funding cuts have been proposed, interest in MIT’s fusion program has increased among Congressional Representatives, and further visits are expected.