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Milena Roveda Gauss Fusion
Milena Roveda
Chief Executiv Officer
"We are committed to producing renewable, clean fusion energy to guarantee energy independence for future generations."
Frédérick Bordry
Chief Technology Officer
"We will accelerate the construction of a fusion power plant by bringing together leading industries, scientists, and institutes within a framework of integrity and mutual collaboration."
Richard Kembleton Chief Scientific Officer Gauss Fusion
Richard Kembleton
Chief Scientific Officer
"We will create a new form of energy supply for the future. We see huge potential for fusion energy in Europe."
Stephan Wehselau CFO Gauss Fusion
Stephan Wehselau
Chief Financial Officer
"We are a European reality that unites investors, scientists, and industry. We have everything it takes to industrialize fusion energy."
Frank Laukien Gauss Fusion
Frank H. Laukien
Executive Chairman of Gauss Fusion GmbH
"Our mission is to lead the commercialization of magnetic confinement fusion power plants and related technologies."
Milena Roveda Gauss Fusion
Milena Roveda
Chief Operating Officer
"We are committed to producing renewable, clean fusion energy to guarantee energy independence for future generations."
Frederick Bordry Gauss Fusion
Frédérick Bordry
Chairman of the Strategic & Scientific Advisory Board
"We will accelerate the construction of a fusion power plant by bringing together leading industries, scientists, and institutes within a framework of integrity and mutual collaboration."

At a glance

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A Greentech Venture founded by companies with industrial fusion technology experience

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Implementing a strategy based on high-field magnetic confinement fusion

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Accelerating fusion with venture speed and via private/public partnerships

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Collaborating with world leading science and technology institutions

Approach

Leading the commercialization of Fusion Power Plants (FPP) as a magnetic confinement fusion innovator and as architect of the first industrialized gigawatt-class power plant (Gauss GIGA-Kraftwerk) by 2045

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Connecting the world’s best fusion scientists with experienced European industrial fusion technology experts

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Moving at venture speed

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Implementing high-field magnetic confinement as fastest approach to fusion energy production

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Applying best-practices from industry

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Leveraging experienced European companies with a successful track record in constructing fusion components

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Using former nuclear fission power plant sites including their infrastructure for accelerating construction and reducing costs

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Collaborating with authorities to accelerate licensing process for fusion power plants

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Integrating fusion power into the grid as a base load provider to complement renewables

News

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Establishment of a European Fusion Association
Gauss Fusion joins forces with other leading European companies to form the European Fusion Association (EFA)
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Richard Kembleton becomes new CSO (Chief Scientific Officer) at Gauss Fusion
Former UKAEA manager joins the management team of Gauss Fusion
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Richard Kembelton CSO Gauss Fusion
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Funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Gauss Fusion receives 9 Mio. € in funding from the German Federal Government
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Wendelstein 7-X Stellerator Gauss Fusion
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New milestone on the path to accelerate the commercialization of fusion energy in Europe
Gauss Fusion has signed an agreement with TU Munich for the selection of Fusion Power Plant locations in Europe
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Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, France, Italy and Spain are the focus of the Europe-wide site selection study to build the first European gigawatt-class fusion power plant.
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Stellarator Takes Center Stage
Gauss Fusion Unveils Vision for Future Fusion Power Plant
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Stellarator Wedelstein Gauss Fusion
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Stefano Buono and Siegfried Russwurm join Gauss Fusion Supervisory Board
Gauss Fusion further expands its greentech industry expertise
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Interview with RiffReporter News
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Gauss Fusion appoints top leadership team

Milena Roveda is appointed CEO, Frédérick Bordry CTO, Norbert Holtkamp Principal Scientist
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Joint Press Release June 2023

German fusion start-ups Proxima Fusion, Gauss Fusion and Focused Energy join forces
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Report in Il Sole 24 Ore

Introducing Gauss Fusion and its Italian Co-Founders (in Italien)
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Press Release February 2023
Gauss Fusion completed a founders`pre-seed financing round
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Press Release February 2023 News
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Interview with RiffReporter
Frank Laukien presents his vision for Gauss Fusion (in German)
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Founders & strategic partners

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France
Partner Logo ASG Italy
Italy
Partner Logo BRUKER Germany
Germany
Partner Logo IDOM Spain
Spain
Partner Logo research instruments Germany
Germany

Supporting scientific and technological institutions

Partner Logo Max Planck Institut
Partner Logo Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Partner Logo Max Planck Institut
Partner Logo Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
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Team

Supervisory Board

Chairman

Frank H. Laukien is the Executive Chairman of Gauss Fusion GmbH. He is President and CEO of Bruker Corporation (Nasdaq: BRKR, ~$2.5B revenue), including the Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies (BEST) division. After his Abitur in Germany, he earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from MIT, and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard University. He is a senator of acatech – the German Academy of Technical Sciences. Frank has numerous publications and patents, is an expert in superconducting materials and magnet technology. Frank is co- founder of venture companies in therapeutics and space exploration, and author of two books Active Biological Evolution and Origins & Evolution. Frank is a Visiting Scholar in the Harvard Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, co-Founder of the Galileo Project, and Co-Chair of the AACR Cancer Evolution Working Group. He is passionate about clean fusion, solar and wind energy and European strategic energy independence.

Frank Laukien Gauss Fusion

Frank Laukien is Chairman of Gauss Fusion Supervisory Board. In addition, he is President and CEO of Bruker Corporation (Nasdaq: BRKR, approx. $2.5b revenue), including the Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies (BEST) division.

Frank Laukien also serves as a Senator of acatech – the German Academy of Technical Sciences – and is the Co-Founder of venture companies in therapeutics and space exploration.  

After achieving his high school diploma in Germany, Frank Laukien earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from MIT, and then his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University.  

He is a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Co-Founder of the Galileo Project, and Co-Chair of the AACR Cancer Evolution Working Group.  

Frank Laukien has authored numerous publications and two books, Active Biological Evolution and Origins & Evolution, and holds several patents, making him an expert in superconducting materials and magnet technology. He is passionate about clean fusion, solar and wind energy, and European strategic energy independence.

Hendrik Hirsch is a partner of the global law firm CMS. He advises national and international clients on M&A transactions and corporate law matters. He is a member of the Executive Board of CMS Germany and heads the national sector group Industrials & M&A.  

Hendrik Hirsch studied Law at Heidelberg University and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in law from Heidelberg University.

Hendrik Hirsch has a specific focus on transactions in the life science and industries sector where he advises strategic as well as financial investors.

Davide Malacalza is a shareholder and CEO of Hofima and Chairman of ASG Superconductors. ASG offers superconducting technology for the energy and medical sectors, developing cables and wires in MgB2 as well as open MRI systems.  

Davide Malacalza studied Economics and Business Administration at Genoa University.  

In 1991, Davide Malacalza joined Sima S.p.A., and in 1993 became Managing Director of Trametal S.p.A. where he was also Chairman from 1999 to 2008. Since 2001, he has been developing ASG Superconductors, including the realization of superconductive magnets for CERN and the ITER Toroidal Field Coils.

Pierre Prieux is the Founder and President of Alcen Group, composed of French high-technology companies in the fields of defense & security, energy, medical & healthcare, aeronautics & space, and large scientific instruments. Alcen Group includes Alsymex S.A., an expert engineering company with particular expertise in magnetic confinement fusion technologies.

Pierre Prieux studied at Ecole Polytechnique and at INSEAD, both in Paris, France. He started his career as President of Tabur Marine and of Dufour.  

At Matra Group, Pierre Prieux managed automotive electronics, robotics, computer-aided design, and watchmaking. He also founded and managed telecom operator Kaptech and equipment manufacturer Cirpack. Today, he also manages the media outlet Connaissancedesenergies.org.

Hermann Requardt serves as a Strategic Advisor to a number of European life science and healthcare technology companies. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of DEKRA SE, the Supervisory Board of Sivantos Group, and the Board of Bruker Corporation. Hermann Requardt has been serving as Non-Executive Director of Sphere Medical Ltd. since 2018.

Hermann Requardt holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Frankfurt, where he is also an Honorary Professor of Physics.  

From 2009 to February 2015, Hermann Requardt served as CEO of the Healthcare division of Siemens AG. He also served as Chief Technology Officer of Siemens AG from 2008 through 2011. From 2006 through 2015, he was on the Siemens AG Managing Board. Hermann Requardt joined Siemens Medical Solutions in 1984, before assuming responsibility for the magnetic resonance business in 1994.  

Hermann Requardt serves on academic and industrial boards in Germany, including as Vice President of acatech – the German Academy for Technical Sciences. In addition to global technical industry expertise, he contributes to Gauss Fusion with his significant experience in management and strategic planning.

Siegfried Russwurm is a member of several supervisory boards of publicly listed and private technology companies. Among others, he is Chairman of thyssenkrupp AG and Chairman of Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA, and Senior Industrial Advisor for international investment companies.  

Since January 1, 2021, Siegfried Russwurm has been President and Chairman of the Federation of German Industries, representing more than 100,000 industrial companies in Germany. He has been a member of the Board of acatech – the German Academy for Technical Sciences – since 2017, and since 2018 member of the Board of the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, serving now as Vice President since May 2021.

After studying Production Technology and gaining his Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics, Siegfried Russwurm started his career in 1992 as a Production Planning Expert within the Siemens Healthcare group. He held several management positions within Siemens in Germany as well as internationally, among others as CEO of Motion Control Systems. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Group Management Board of Siemens Medical Solutions, and in 2008 was elected to the Managing Board of Siemens AG as Head of Corporate Human Resources. In 2010, he was entrusted with the responsibility for the Siemens Industry business, and in 2014 was nominated Chief Technology Officer. Within the Managing Board, Siegfried Russwurm has also been responsible for Africa, the Middle East, and CIS regions and for the Healthcare business, including the carve-out of what today is listed as Siemens Healthineers AG.  

Since 2005, Siegfried Russwurm has been teaching Mechatronics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and since 2009 held the title of Honorary Professor.

Strategic & Scientific Advisory Board (SSAB)

Chairman of the Gauss Fusion SSAB
Hartmut Zohm Gauss Fusion

Hartmut Zohm is Chairman of Gauss Fusion SSAB and has been a Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) and Head of the Tokamak Scenario Development Division since 1999. Since 2002, he has been Honorary Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, and since 2016 Fellow of the American Physical Society.

After studying Physics in Karlsruhe, Hartmut Zohm worked on his Ph.D. at IPP from 1988 to 1990. For his dissertation Investigation of Magnetic Modes in ASDEX Tokamak, he was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal in 1991 by the Max Planck Society. After a stay with General Atomics in San Diego, he became a Lecturer in Experimental Physics in 1996 at the University of Augsburg, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Plasma Research at the University of Stuttgart. In 1999, he returned to IPP as a Scientific Fellow.  In 2014, Hartmut Zohm was awarded the John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research by the American Physical Society, and in 2016 received the Hannes Alfvén Prize of the European Physical Society.

François Gauché is Framatome Vice President for CERCA business (fuel for research reactors) and Director of Framatome Healthcare. In addition, he is Chevalier in the French national order La Légion d’Honneur.

François Gauché is an Engineer from the École Polytechnique and the École des Mines de Paris. He started his career with the French nuclear regulator ASN.  

After being in charge of the ARRONAX cyclotron for nuclear medicine research, he was nominated Director of Agence ITER France and became responsible for the ITER site at Cadarache between 2006 and 2009. He then headed the fourth-generation nuclear reactor program at CEA (ASTRID). François Gauché returned to the ITER project in 2015 as Head of the Safety Department within ITER before becoming CEA Director for Nuclear Energy. He chaired the Generation IV International Forum between 2016 and 2018 and acted as an International Advisor to the Japanese Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF) following the Fukushima incident.

Norbert Holtkamp was Deputy Director at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory from 2014-2022. Since 2010, he has been Professor in Photon Science and Particle Physics & Astrophysics at Stanford University.

In June 2008 he won the Gersh Budker prize of European Physical Society for his significant contribution to the accelerator field with the success of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) project.

In April 2006, Norbert was appointed Principal Deputy Director General of ITER.
Since January 2001 has been the Director of Accelerator Systems Division for the SNS at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). 

Norbert holds a M.S. in physics from the University of Berlin and a Ph.D. in physics from the Technical University in Darmstadt.  His research interests include synchrotron radiation and neutron sources, fusion, high-energy colliders, linear accelerators, storage rings and accelerator-based neutrino physics.

Jean Jacquinot has been Senior Advisor to Bernard Bigot, the late ITER DG, and a Scientific Advisor of CEA since 2006. In 2018, Jean Jacquinot was elected Chairman of the Fusion Power Coordinating Committee (FPCC) of the International Energy Agency (IEA).  

Jean Jacquinot gained his Ph.D. in Physics, starting research on plasma confinement and heating in the French CEA fusion laboratory.  

He joined JET (Joint European Torus) for 18 years, first to create the RF heating division and then as JET Associate Director for tokamak operations, culminating with the 1997 DT phase when record fusion power was achieved. Jean Jacquinot became Director of JET in 1999. From 2000 to 2005, he was Director of Fusion in CEA, operating the Tore Supra tokamak and initiating ITER in Cadarache.  

Jean Jacquinot is Chevalier in the French national order of Mérite and Chevalier in the order of La Légion d’Honneur.

Günter Janeschitz is an expert in fusion projects with responsibilities in design, cost containment, system integration, and remote handling and maintenance. Since 2020, Günter Janeschitz has been Senior Advisor to the Design Division Head in DEMO, with involvement in remote handling and integration issues.

He received his Diplom-Ingenieur from the Technical University Vienna and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Atominstitut at the Technical University Vienna in 1983.  

Following his Ph.D. studies, Günter Janeschitz held various roles at IPP Garching before then spending seven months with General Atomics in San Diego. In 1989, he joined the JET program until 1993. From 1996 to2002, he was Head of Divertor and Plasma Interface Division of ITER, responsible for divertor and edge plasma physics, engineering, remote maintenance, refurbishment in the hot cell, diagnostic integration, pumping and fueling systems design, and leak checking design. Günter Janeschitz then became Head of the Fusion Program at the Research Center Karlsruhe (now KIT). Between 2006 and 2008, he was Coordinator for the worldwide ITER design review. He moved to ITER in 2008 and was Deputy Head of the ITER Central Integration Office from 2015 to 2017. After his retirement from ITER, he became a Consultant to Eurofusion with a focus on remote maintenance.

Since 2013, Christian Linsmeier is the Director of the Institute for Energy and Climate Science - Plasma Physics at “Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH”, and Professor at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Ruhr University Bochum. As of 2016, he is also speaker for the topic ‘Plasma-Wall Interactions’ in the ‘Fusion’ program of the Helmholtz Association.

After his diploma in chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, he received his PhD at the IPP Garching and was awarded a Dr. rer. nat. in 1994 with "summa cum laude". Following a research stay at Arizona State University, he returned back to IPP as a staff scientist in the Plasma-Wall Interactions group. Later on, he served as a Group Leader for the ‘Materials synthesis and characterization’ and ‘Plasma-facing Materials and Components’ groups. From 2004 -2010, he was the coordinator of both, the EU Integrated Project “ExtreMat – New Materials for Extreme Environments”, and from 2008 to 2011 the EU Coordination Action ‘FEMaS - Fusion Energy Materials Science’.

In 2009, he spent a month as a guest professor at the Université de Provence in Marseille. In 2010 he received his habilitation in physical chemistry at the Technical University of Munich.

Christoph Quitmann has more than 30 years of experience in large research projects. He is currently a Director of RI – Research Instruments (D) – and is working on an industrial high-power superconducting electron accelerator to produce medical isotopes.  

He obtained his Ph.D. from RWTH-Aachen in 1993 on Charge Transport in High-Temperature Superconductors. For the subsequent decade, Christoph Quitmann used X-rays generated at synchrotrons for microscopy and spectroscopy of superconductors and magnetic materials in the USA, Germany, and Switzerland.  

In the early 2000s, he started building beamlines for state-of-the-art research as Head of the Laboratory for Materials Science at Paul Scherrer Institut (CH). From 2012, Christoph Quitmann led the building and commissioning of the first fourth-generation synchrotron, MAX IV, and became a Professor of Physics at Lund University, Sweden.  

He is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science and has advised national labs, universities, and funding institutions around the globe on scientific, technical, and strategic aspects of large research projects.

Klaus Schlenga is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies. He was the first Managing Director of Gauss Fusion GmbH and transitioned to Gauss Fusion SSAB in 2023.

He graduated in Physics with studies in high-temperature superconductors (HTS) and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Erlangen in 1996. Between 1997 and 1999, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the SQUID group at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Klaus Schlenga then joined the Magnet division of Bruker BioSpin GmbH as Project Manager for the world’s first 1GHz NMR magnet.  

In 2006, he became Managing Director of Bruker EAS GmbH and Bruker HTS GmbH, in charge of R&D, production, quality, and safety. Klaus Schlenga has served as Industrial Advisor on several boards in superconductivity and holds more than 100 patents in over 30 patent families. In 2015, he founded AlFa Schlenga Shareholding UG for investing in technology-oriented startups.