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European High Power Laser Energy Research Facility (Preparatory Phase Study)

Objective

HiPER is a multi-national laser facility designed to allow Europe to take a leading position in the pursuit of Inertial Fusion Energy, whilst offering an internationally unique capability for science in extreme conditions. It will open up entirely new areas of research, providing access to physics regimes which cannot be explored on any other science facility. It has been formally endorsed by 6 European nations at the governmental or national funding agency level, 2 regional governments, over 20 scientific institutions and has direct involvement from industry. Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) lies at the heart of the design of HiPER. Fusion is the holy grail of energy sources – combining abundant fuel with no greenhouse gas emissions, minimal waste products, and a scale that can meet mankind’s long-term energy demands. Fusion combines hydrogen isotopes to create helium gas and a neutron which is captured to provide heat for a steam turbine. The IFE solution for fusion is a proven scientific concept. A laboratory demonstration of net energy production using lasers for IFE is now only 2 years away, marking the culmination of 40 years research. This will attract significant public and political attention, and so the HiPER project has been developed to provide a clear path forwards, based on a strong science mission. The design has been produced over the past years by scientists from 12 of the 15 nations now associated with HiPER. This proposal combines all aspects relevant to a preparatory construction phase, as part of an integrated 68 M€, 5-year project. The project already stretches beyond the EU, involving coordination with work in Japan, China, South Korea, Canada, Russia and the USA. HiPER represents science with a strong societal goal. It is designed to secure the continued competitiveness of Europe into the next decades.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-CSA-Infra - Combination of CP and CSA

Coordinator

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 976 513
Administrative Contact
Chris Edwards (Dr.)

Participants (19)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 131 021
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Didier Besnard (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 14 600
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lami Alessandro (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 723 064
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Clément Oliver (Mr.)
REGION D'AQUITAINE
France
Address
14 Rue François De Sourdis
33077 Bordeaux
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ambre Nelet (Dr.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 9 600
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carmela Strangio (Dr.)
GENIKI GRAMMATIA EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIAS
Greece
Address
Mesogeion Avenue 14-18
11510 Athens
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sossanna Kolyva (Dr.)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION YOUTH AND SPORTS
Czechia
Address
Karmelitska 7
11812 Prague
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nadežda Witzanyová (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 14 600
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo Leon (Prof.)
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE FISICHE DELLA MATERIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 9 600
Address
Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Simonetta Paoluzi (Dr.)
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 9 600
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniela Stozno (Ms.)
GSI HELMHOLTZZENTRUM FUER SCHWERIONENFORSCHUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 9 600
Address
Planckstrasse 1
64291 Darmstadt
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Johannes Heilmann (Dr.)
INSTITUTE OF APPLIED PHYSICS, RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
EU contribution
€ 9 600
Address
46 Ul'yanov Street
603950 Nizhny Novgorod
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexander Sergeev (Prof.)
INSTYTUT FIZYKI PLAZMY I LASEROWEJMIKROSYNTEZY IM. SYLWESTRA KALISKIEGO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 14 600
Address
Hery 23
01 497 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zygmunt Skladanowski (Dr.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 14 600
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Malhoa (Dr.)
P.N. LEBEDEV PHYSICAL INSTITUTE OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
EU contribution
€ 14 600
Address
Leninsky Prospect 53
119991 Moskva
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sergey Gus'kov (Prof.)
FYZIKALNI USTAV AV CR V.V.I
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 14 600
Address
Na Slovance 2
18221 Praha 8
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pavel Vrátil (Mr.)
TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CRETE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 14 600
Address
Stavromenos
710 04 Irakleio
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ioannis Kaliakatsos (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 9 600
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Markus Roth (Prof.)
POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 9 600
Address
Building E4, Technical University Campus Counoupidiana
731 00 Chania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nikos Varotsis (Prof.)