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

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.

Coordinator

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

Address

Polaris House North Star Avenue
Sn2 1sz Swindon

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 976 513

Administrative Contact

Chris Edwards (Dr.)

Participants (19)

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 131 021

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 14 600

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 723 064

REGION D'AQUITAINE

France

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 9 600

GENIKI GRAMMATIA EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIAS

Greece

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION YOUTH AND SPORTS

Czechia

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 14 600

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE FISICHE DELLA MATERIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 9 600

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 9 600

GSI HELMHOLTZZENTRUM FUER SCHWERIONENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 9 600

INSTITUTE OF APPLIED PHYSICS, RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 9 600

INSTYTUT FIZYKI PLAZMY I LASEROWEJMIKROSYNTEZY IM. SYLWESTRA KALISKIEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 14 600

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 14 600

P.N. LEBEDEV PHYSICAL INSTITUTE OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 14 600

FYZIKALNI USTAV AV CR V.V.I

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 14 600

TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CRETE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 14 600

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 9 600

POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 9 600

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211737

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    28 April 2008

  • End date

    27 April 2013

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 824 962

  • EU contribution

    € 2 999 998

Coordinated by:

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

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