The KIT Nuclear Fusion Programme integrates the KIT activities related to the development of technologies for a fusion reactor. Fusion energy is associated with the wish to supply a safe and environmentally compatible source of energy that decisively contributes to covering the electricity consumption of mankind for several centuries.
Under the Nuclear Fusion Programme, major systems and components for ITER are developed and tested. ITER (lat. the way) is the next step towards a fusion power plant. Moreover, basic preliminary work is accomplished for the demo reactor that will succeed ITER, e.g. the development of suitable materials and systems for energy decoupling.
Towards the goal of the ITER realization, the coordination of the design, research and development (R&D) and fabrication of most of the high-technology components is implemented through “Fusion for Energy” (European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy).
The implementation of the accompanying programme, namely the scientific preparation of ITER as well as the preparatory work for a demonstration power plant “DEMO”, will be accomplished under the responsibility of the EUROfusion -Consortium (European Consortium for the Development of Fusion Energy).