Helion Energy inks deal with Microsoft to supply electricity from fusion power plant

Helion’s 7th fusion prototype, Polaris

Helion Energy announced an agreement with software major Microsoft to provide electricity from its first fusion power plant.

Constellation will serve as the power marketer and will manage transmission for the project.

The plant is expected to be online by 2028 and will target power generation of 50 MW or greater after a 1-year ramp up period.

Helion, a clean energy company, has previously built six working prototypes and was the first private fusion company to reach 100-million-degree plasma temperatures with its sixth fusion prototype. The company is currently building its seventh prototype, which is expected to demonstrate the ability to produce electricity in 2024.

“Helion’s announcement supports our own long term clean energy goals and will advance the market to establish a new, efficient method for bringing more clean energy to the grid, faster,” said Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President at Microsoft.

Fusion is capable of providing a nearly limitless source of energy without producing harmful carbon emissions or long-lived waste. The world’s first commercial facility would mark the dawn of a new era of energy.