is a national, multi-institutional
research activity. Its mission is to perform advanced integrated
design studies of the long-term fusion energy embodiments to
identify key R&D directions and to provide visions for the fusion
program. It is funded by the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, U.S.
Department of Energy. Since the inception of the program in 1988,
the ARIES team has developed numerous MFE and IFE power plants and
examined the critical design issues for a broad range of alternate
concepts. All ARIES power plants generate a 1000 MW of net
electric power and assumed to operate for 40 full power years.