With clear evidence that the world is getting warmer, a sustainable solution to energy production without greenhouse gas emissions is more important than ever. Fusion energy could meet this need, but there remain a number of research challenges that must be addressed. This talk will discuss some of these, and how we are tackling them.
With the construction of ITER in the South of France, fusion energy is taking a significant step forward. In particular, ITER is designed to demonstrate fusion power production ten times greater than the power used to heat the fuel to fusion conditions. We will explore some of the physics issues that are being addressed in advance of first operation of ITER, and some of the key questions on the road to fusion energy that ITER is designed to address. If successful, research on ITER will show the way to the first demonstration fusion power plants, and the huge benefits they will bring.
A buffet with tea and coffee will be served from 18:30