How Switzerland and the UK stayed part of EUROfusion

Two of our members discovered that new political realities prevented them from directly joining EUROfusion under the EU new seven-year funding programme Horizon Europe. We spoke our UK and Swiss partners about how collaboration within the consortium has enabled them to continue as part of the European fusion programme nonetheless.

Taking fusion to COP26

Fusion energy was on the agenda for the first time ever at the COP26 climate negotiations in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier in November.

Joining the fusion debate at COP26

Is fusion energy part of the climate change discussion? It is now! Prof. Sibylle Günter reflects on taking part in a panel discussion about fusion at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26.

Successful first experiment with Upgraded Pilot-PSI

The first experiment with Upgraded Pilot-PSI (UPP), DIFFER’s new facility, has been performed in September by master student Parwez Rasulyaar and the Plasma Material Interactions group. The machine will be the first to couple high flux plasma with an ion beam, bringing two of DIFFER’s expertises together in one machine.

A Sandblaster at the Atomic Level

From semiconductors to moon rocks: Many materials are treated with ion beams. A research group at TU Wien has now been able to explain how this process depends on the roughness of the surface.

An actively cooled divertor for WEST

The WEST tokamak has just installed an actively cooled tungsten divertor as its main plasma-facing component, based on technology similar to that of ITER. This very important milestone was reached thanks to a collective and collaborative effort. It paves the way for WEST operation over long periods (up to 1000s) with high levels of heat […]

Wendelstein 7-X concept proves its efficiency

One of the most important optimisation goals underlying the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald has now been confirmed. An analysis by IPP scientists in the journal Nature shows: In the optimised magnetic field cage, the energy losses of the plasma are reduced in the desired way. Wendelstein 7-X is intended to prove that the disadvantages of earlier stellarators can be overcome and that stellarator-type devices are suitable for power plants.