A lot of new economic development is organized around clusters like Silicon Valley and at least 40 others around the U.S. that already somewhere between extremely and somewhat successful.
What are the leading candidates today for a clean fusion cluster?
While there has been some H-B fuel research at Duke and UW-Madison and a little research at Texas A&M, there would have to be more activity before any of these metro areas (or states) emerge as leading contenders.
Northwest Washington state is still in the running, especially if Helion goes aneutronic. (The company in Vancouver, Canada, is nearby).
Los Angeles is a possibility, but the company in Foothill Ranch is so secretive that it’s hard to see this being built around them. However, if NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Cal-Tech get involved, there could be a clean fusion cluster in L.A.
However, at this point, the two most likely candidates are New Jersey and New Mexico.
New Jersey, meaning, primarily, the area of Trenton, Princeton, Lawrenceville, and Middlesex. This area has LPP and the leadership of the Fusion Focus Society as well as Princeton University and the state capital of New Jersey.
And New Mexico, meaning, primarily, the metro area of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Socorro. This area has ECM2, Los Alamos National Labs, Sandia National Labs and its Z Machine and mission to transfer energy tech to the private sector, UNM and New Mexico Tech, and the state capital of New Mexico.
It would seem that the best thing for clean fusion would be for both the Albuquerque are and the Trenton area to form a clean fusion cluster — and for the two clusters to compete with each other for supremacy.