JRC-FUSAFE 3C - Research programme (Euratom, EEC) to be implemented by the Joint Research Centre - Fusion technology and safety -, 1984-1987
From 1984-01-01 to 1987-12-31| See all projects funded under this programme / topic
Framework programmeFP1-FRAMEWORK 1C
Previous programmeJRC-FUSAFE 2C
Successor programmeJRC-FUSAFE 4C
Programme fundingEUR 46,5 million
Official Journal ReferenceL 3 of 1984-01-05
Legislative Referenceof 1983-12-22
To enhance the safety of commercial exploitation of nuclear fusion energy under the JET, NET and DEMO projects in respect of the predesign and structural materials of NET, the development of a suitable new material for DEMO, tritium breeding blanket technology and accident and environmental risk assessment.
AbstractPart of the first Framework Programme (1984-1987) under sub-activity 5.2: "Fusion".
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been involved since 1973 in research on fusion technology. Recent JRC studies have focused on the safety of future fusion power stations, including tritium handling.
Three steps are envisaged before the commercial exploitation of fusion energy:
- JET (Joint European Torus):
To establish the scientific feasibility of commercially exploitable fusion. Magnetic confinement is a major research field. The main experimental facility is at Culham in the UK, but complementary studies are carried out in other national laboratories;
- NET (Next European Torus):
To establish the technological and engineering feasibility of commercially exploitable fusion. Contact is maintained through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with the similar ITER project;
The construction of a demonstration fusion reactor, DEMO, is scheduled to follow NET.
- Breeding blanket technology;
- Structural materials:
- Risk assessment;
- Tritium laboratory:
The European Tritium Handling Experimental Laboratory (ETHEL) at the Ispra establishment of the JRC will investigate the safety aspects of tritium technology.
ImplementationThe Commission, assisted by the board of governors of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), was responsible for carrying out the programme, which was executed in the Ispra establishment of the JRC.
Information was disseminated in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2380/74 of 17 September 1974 (Official Journal No L 255 of 20.9.1974), adopting provisions for the dissemination of information relating to research programmes for the European Economic Community.
The Commission prepared annual reports for the Council and the European Parliament on the execution of the programme. It was also to submit a critical independent analysis before proposing a further four-year programme.
Record Number: 8 / Last updated on: 2014-03-05