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Sydor Technologies receives DOE grant for fusion energy project

Sydor Technologies receives DOE grant for fusion energy project

Sydor TechnologiesSydor Technologies has been awarded a $200,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, allowing the business to continue its role as a manufacturing partner for inertial fusion facilities, researchers and startups who are developing fusion energy as a source of clean power.  

The Phase 1 grant enables Sydor Technologies to work with national laboratories, including the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, to assess the commercial feasibility of the plasma electrode Pockels cell system — which supports high-energy, high-power lasers — including a review of the fabrication process and securing the necessary supply chain.

In addition, a conceptual design of a commercially viable product will be developed.

David Garand, principal investigator at Sydor Technologies, said the plasma electrode Pockels cell technology has only been manufacturable and deployable in a national laboratory environment.

“Sydor developing a robust and commercially supported PEPC will have significant impact on this growing market by enabling various facility designs to pursue inertial fusion energy, and by supporting plant designs that are economically reproducible for supporting grid development,” he said.  

Fairport-based Sydor Technologies is a provider of ultrafast detectors and specialized high voltage electronics. 

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