Fusion energy – which is produced by fusing together light atoms, such as hydrogen, at extremely high temperatures and pressures – will today be the subject of an international conference in Astana, Kazakhstan. The European Fusion Forum brings together academic researchers and representatives of governments and the European Commission to discuss developments in fusion as a potential source of sustainable energy. This EU Energy Day event is happening as part of EXPO 2017, a global conference on the energy of the future.
On the agenda today will be the ITER project, an international effort with contributions from several EU countries and EURATOM to build a facility for testing the possibility of generating sustainable energy from fusion. Participants will also discuss scientific research currently being carried out in several different countries as well as the EUROfusion programme, a European consortium that is working to make fusion energy a reality. EUROfusion follows the European 'Roadmap to fusion electricity' published in 2012, which presents the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in developing fusion as a potential source of abundant, clean and low carbon energy.