The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday that Princeton University will continue to manage and operate the DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, located on Princeton University’s Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro.
The extended contract, which runs through March 31, 2022, also highlights collaborations among Princeton University, the lab and the DOE.
“We are delighted to have this contract extension and continue the critical work at PPPL,” David McComas, vice president of PPPL and professor of astrophysical sciences, said in a statement. “The University is committed to advancing research and science in the service of society, which includes revitalizing its long-term collaboration with DOE.”
PPPL is devoted to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas — charged gases — and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy.
Results of PPPL research have ranged from a portable nuclear materials detector for homeland security applications to universally employed computer codes for analyzing and predicting the outcome of fusion experiments. PPPL research is dedicated to enabling the scientific breakthroughs required to develop fusion as a safe, clean and abundant energy source.