Workshop on Nuclear Fusion: initiatives towards DEMO

Presentation of the BSC Fusion Group in the CIEMAT workshop.

On February 29, in the CIEMAT headquarters in Madrid (Spain), a Workshop entitled “Fusión nuclear: iniciativas hacia DEMO” was organized by CIEMAT, CDTI, and Ineustar/Induciencia in close collaboration with IFMIF-DONES, UNED, University of Sevilla (US) and Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Alejandro Soba and Dani Gallart from our research group attended this event.

The main objectives of the workshop were to encourage public-private collaboration initiatives in the field, analyze Spain’s strengths in the different key technologies and discuss the plans for the future DEMO reactor.

Based on the successful history of public-private collaboration on the nuclear fusion ecosystem in Spain, and following the infrastructure developing in the country, such as the TJ-II stellarator and fusion technologies from the National Fusion Laboratory – CIEMAT and the future IFMIF-DONES, the meeting proposed analysis of potential public-private initiatives in which developments in key technologies for fusion and for the future DEMO reactor.

Three interconnected mini-workshops were developed: tritium technologies and materials, high temperature superconductor magnet technologies and remote manipulation. In each of them, several enterprises, universities, and public centers presented their capabilities and intentions for the future. Alejandro Soba made a brief presentation in the HTS technologies workshop, introducing the module MAGNET, developed in the Alya framework, capable of simulating the behavior of superconductors of high-temperature (HTS) under the requirements of a fusion nuclear reactor environment.

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