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Controlled thermonuclear fusion and the European Union

The European Commission, DG XII, has published a brochure outlining the work of the Community's specific RTD programme in the field of controlled thermonuclear fusion, part of the Fourth RTD Framework Programme.

The long-term objective of this programme is to develop safe, en...
The European Commission, DG XII, has published a brochure outlining the work of the Community's specific RTD programme in the field of controlled thermonuclear fusion, part of the Fourth RTD Framework Programme.

The long-term objective of this programme is to develop safe, environmentally-sound, prototype nuclear fusion reactors. The brochure outlines the European Community's achievements in developing fusion power since the late 1950s when Euratom, the European Atomic Energy Community, was established. These include the achievements of the Joint European Torus (JET) project, and Community participation in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) programme, in collaboration with the USA, Japan and Russia.

Fusion research under the Fourth Framework Programme (1994-1998) is centred around the preparation of a new generation of reactors, namely:

- The next experimental reactor, currently known as the "Next Step". This should demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy for peaceful purposes;

- A demonstration reactor (DEMO) capable of generating significant quantities of electricity.

The principle objective of research planned is to make the necessary improvements in plasma physics and plasma engineering, and to develop the technologies needed to operate the "Next Step" and to define the DEMO reactor.
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