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Abstract

The seriousness of the energy problem and the attractiveness of providing mankind, through the use of nuclear fusion, with a potentially inexhaustible and environmentally friendly new fuel, was already obvious in the 1950s. We were aware of the formidable scientific and technological difficulties which lay ahead and which would need a long term effort to be sustained through all possible fluctuations of an economic and political nature; this is what motivated us to establish a common European Fusion Programme more than 25 years ago. This programme designed, in conformity with reiterated Council Decisions, to lead to the joint construction of prototype reactors (provided they appeared feasible) has absorbed the fusion activities of the member countries and has even attracted two non-member countries to join. The main results obtained in the associated European Laboratories will be briefly reviewed. A full size test of the efficiency of the programme is the creation of JET. In fulfillment of our task we are now operating JET and preparing the Next Step, NET (two strictly linked activities) with support to both from a number of associated laboratories. For the reasons listed above there is hardly another research area which is more suited than fusion for world wide international cooperation, and in this respect the EURATOM programme is particularly attractive mainly because of JET. The suitability of such a cooperation could become even more manifest for the Next Step, which has now been under study for a number of years and is likely to be a more sophisticated and expensive installation than JET.

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Authors: PALUMBO D CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM), CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: THE JET PROJECT AND THE PROSPECT FOR CONTROLLED NUCLEAR FUSION, LONDON (UK), MARCH 12-13, 1986 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32492 ORA
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