International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and the development of fusion power

Presented by ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science

Fusion, the process that powers the sun and the stars, offers a sustainable energy solution to base-load power: providing large scale energy production, no greenhouse gas emissions, a virtually limitless supply of fuel, and no direct radioactive waste.  

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), which is now under construction, is the final step towards a demonstration fusion power plant.  ITER is one of the world's largest science and technology projects, and heralds a new era in fusion research.  It is the first burning plasma experiment, and will initiate fusion reactions producing up to 500MW of fusion power.

This seminar will explore Australian opportunities for collaboration in ITER science and technology, as well as long term fusion power economics, social licence, and regulatory frameworks.