This so-called "Broader Approach" materialises the privileged partnership of Japan and EURATOM in the field of fusion energy research. Japan and EURATOM will work together on three individual projects under this Agreement to accelerate the realisation of fusion energy as a clean and sustainable energy source for the 21st century. The Agreement will have a duration of ten years.
The signature of this Agreement marks another milestone in the strong cooperation between Japan and EURATOM in the field of fusion energy research. This co-operation aims at complementing the ITER Project, the international project on fusion energy at an early realisation of fusion energy for peaceful purposes, by carrying out R&D and developing some advanced technologies for the future demonstration power reactor (DEMO).
Welcoming the signature of the Agreement, the Director General Nominee of the ITER Organization, Mr Kaname Ikeda said: “ITER and the Broader Approach, together with the current level of fusion research being undertaken world-wide, represent a big step towards the realisation of fusion power”.
The three large research projects will be undertaken in Japan under the framework of this Agreement. These projects are closely related to the implementation of the ITER Project and will be on a time frame compatible with the ITER construction phase. The first two projects will be carried out at Rokkasho, Aomori and the third project will be carried out at Naka, Ibaraki. The participation in each research project will be open to the other ITER Parties.
1. Engineering Validation and Engineering Design Activities for the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF/EVEDA).
The future realisation of fusion energy will require materials which have endurance and show low radioactivity against the exposure to the harsh thermal and irradiation conditions inside a fusion reactor. IFMIF will allow testing and qualification of advanced materials in the environment conditions of a future fusion power reactor. The Engineering Validation and Design Activities aim at producing a detailed, complete and fully integrated engineering design of IFMIF.
2. International Fusion Energy Research Centre (IFERC).
IFERC consists of activities on DEMO design R&D, Computational Simulation and ITER Remote Experimentation towards the realisation of DEMO.
3. Satellite Tokamak Programme
The JT-60 tokamak will be upgraded to an advanced superconducting tokamak JT-60 SA, and be exploited under the framework of this Agreement as a "satellite" facility to ITER. The Satellite Tokamak Programme is expected to develop operating scenarios and address key physics issues for an efficient start up of ITER experimentation and for research towards DEMO.
Jennifer Hay | alfa
Did you know that the wrapping of Easter eggs benefits from specialty light sources?
13.04.2017 | Heraeus Noblelight GmbH
To e-, or not to e-, the question for the exotic 'Si-III' phase of silicon
05.04.2017 | Carnegie Institution for Science
More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.
Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...
Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.
"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...
The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.
Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...
The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...
Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.
Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...
28.04.2017 | Event News
20.04.2017 | Event News
18.04.2017 | Event News
28.04.2017 | Medical Engineering
28.04.2017 | Earth Sciences
28.04.2017 | Life Sciences