International materials facility IFMIF-DONES starts construction phase

As an acronym it’s a bit of a mouthful, but IFMIF-DONES has a lot to say: the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility: Demo Oriented NEutron Source is the world’s only scientific infrastructure where materials for future fusion power plants can be tested and qualified for the demonstration fusion power plant DEMO. On 16 March the […]

WEST restarts to test physics of ITER divertor

An hour north of Aix-en-Provence, the French fusion experts at CEA are bringing their fusion device WEST back into operation. An eighteen-month shutdown saw the device outfitted with the same exhaust system as in its big next-door neighbour ITER, the international fusion project aiming to show that fusion can be a clean and abundant source […]

Marc Lachaise appointed F4E Director

The Governing Board of Fusion for Energy (F4E), the European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy, appointed Marc Lachaise as Director. Carlos Alejaldre, Chair of the F4E Governing Board, thanked all delegates for their cooperation and congratulated Marc Lachaise on their behalf. “We look forward to working with you in order […]