- RAPID - COMMISSIONE EUROPEA 09/10/2014
- COMUNICATO STAMPA
La Commissione europea e i laboratori europei di ricerca sulla fusione hanno lanciato un programma comune europeo sulla fusione nell’ambito di Horizon 2020 - 'EURO fusion '- che garantirà notevoli progressi lungo il cammino verso la realizzazione dell'energia da fusione. Questo programma congiunto dispone di un bilancio complessivo di almeno 850 milioni di euro per il periodo 2014-18, di cui circa la metà verrà dal programma di ricerca sull'energia da fusione Euratom di Horizon 2020.
Vice-President Oettinger responsible for energy said "Fusion has the potential to become a reliable, safe, non-CO2 emitting and sustainable energy source. Today's launching of our European Joint Programme on fusion shows how Europe benefits if we unite our research strength. EUROfusion provides the framework for Europe to maintain its world leading position in fusion research: now let's live up to the challenge."
At the end of 2012, all EU research laboratories agreed a detailed goal-oriented roadmap to fusion energy by 2050. These same laboratories have now set up the EUROfusion consortium and will implement a 5-year joint programme to address the key scientific and technological challenges identified in the initial phase of the roadmap. The main focus during this period will be scientific and technical support to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor – ITER – currently under construction in France, and ensuring Europe is in a position to capitalise on the success of this pioneering project. In particular, the world's largest fusion research infrastructure currently in operation – JET, the Joint European Torus, situated at Culham, UK – will continue to be exploited by EUROfusion until 2018 and will play a key role in supporting ITER.
EUROfusion will also address fundamental issues relating to the next generation fusion demonstration reactor – DEMO – that will be connected to the grid and provide a blueprint for the deployment of fusion reactors across the world, enabling fusion to contribute to meeting the world's growing energy needs after 2050 alongside renewable energy such as wind and solar power. In this endeavour, EUROfusion will continue its close cooperation with European industry and Fusion for Energy – the European Agency for ITER.
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