The European Commission and the European nuclear fusion research laboratories launched a European Joint Programme on fusion in Horizon2020 at the start of October 2014. With an overall budget of at least EUR 850 million for the period 2014-18, of which about half will come from the Euratom Horizon 2020 fusion energy research programme, the EUROfusion joint programme aims to ensure significant progress along the path towards the realisation of fusion energy.
Nuclear Fusion Power
Nuclear fusion is an attractive long-term energy solution, although it is unlikelythat the technology will be ready for commercial power generation in the near future. Nevertheless, fusion energy has made significant progress over the last few decades and is now considered as a credible option for clean, large-scale electricity generation. Fusion is the process that produces the light and heat of the sun. Hydrogen nuclei collide in the sun’s core and release huge amounts of energy as theyfuse into helium atoms. On earth, fusion reactors heat gas to extreme temperatures to produce a plasma similar to the conditions found within a star. Fusion’s many benefits include an essentially unlimited supply of fuel, passive intrinsic safety and no production of CO2 or atmospheric pollutants. It is one of the very few candidates for the large-scale, carbon-free production of base-load power. Compared to nuclear fission, it produces relatively short-lived radioactive products, with half-lives limited to less than 50 years.
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The European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme on Nuclear Materials held its kick-off meeting on 30 June. In this interview for SETIS, Concetta Fazio, of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), who is the Joint Programme’s overall Coordinator explains what the JP hopes to achieve.
Could you outline what the Joint Programme on Nuclear Materials is and why it was set up?
In June 2010 Henrik Bindslev, Director of the Danish National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy (Risø DTU), was named chairman of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), replacing Ton Hoff (ECN). Here, Mr Bindlev outlines how he sees the development of the EERA and how alternative energy technologies are emerging faster than anticipated.
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