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ITER – the way to new energy

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Fusion has the potential to play an important role as part of a future energy mix for our planet. It has the capacity to produce energy on a large scale, using plentiful fuels and releasing no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. ITER is an important step on the road to fusion power plants; in Saint-Paul-les-Durance, southern France, the project is being planned with great respect for the local environment, in keeping with the aim of producing an environmentally benign form of energy. To know more about it, watch the videos.

Fusia 3D

Fusia3D show

2D non-interactive version

In 2010 the European Commission produced a 3D interactive show on fusion energy research. This is an educational show, which stars the Fusia character. It has been shown at several shows and events, and now you can watch a non-interactive 2D version of it and learn more about fusion and the ITER project!

Fusia 3D

Starmakers

This film takes us on a virtual reality tour of a fusion reactor. This is a 2D version of an otherwise stereoscopic movie (3D). It has been produced by the Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and it was financed by the European Commission.

Fission Report

Fission Report

Update yourself on the current status of fission energy and nuclear medicine research with this video. It gives a general overview of developments on fission throughout Europe and then shows excerpts of three interviews with key players within fission research.

Fusion and Industry

Fusion and Industry

As the EU proceeds to investment in its fusion research programme and ITER quickly becomes reality, many business opportunities are arising for companies across Europe.

Electricity from Fusion

Electricity from Fusion

How can electricity be produced from fusion energy? This video explains how this will be achieved in future fusion power plants.

Energy needs

Energy needs

This video examines the need for sustainable energy research.

Fission & Fusion principles

Fission & Fusion principles

This short video clip explains the basic principles of nuclear fission and fusion.

Fusion plasma

Fusion plasma

Plasma is the fourth state of matter. Learn here how it is different from the three other states: solid, liquid and gas.

Fusion repulsion

Fusion repulsion

This clip explains the principle of fusion repulsion and how it can be overcome.

Fusion magnetic confinement

Fusion magnetic confinement

Part 1

Fusion magnetic confinement is the principle that allows plasma to be heated to millions of degrees inside a fusion reactor. See the basic explanation of this principle here.

Fusion magnetic confinement - part 2

Fusion magnetic confinement

Part 2

Fusion magnetic confinement is the principle that allows plasma to be heated to millions of degrees inside a fusion reactor. See the second part of the explanation of this principle here.

Fusion reactions

Fusion reactions

There are several types of reactions suitable for producing nuclear fusion. But only a few can be used to produce energy. Learn more about this subject here.

Fusion tokamak

Fusion tokamak

A tokamak is a donut shaped machine used to create plasma for use in fusion energy production. Here is an explanation of how it works.

Heating the plasma

Heating the plasma

Fusion plasma must be heated up to hundreds of millions of degrees. This short video explains how these high temperatures can be achieved.

Plasma controlling

Plasma controlling

Controlling the plasma inside the tokamak is vital.

Fusion stellerator

Fusion stellerator

The Fusion stellerator is a machine used to confine fusion plasma as an alternative to the tokamak.

Inertial fusion

Inertial fusion

Inertial fusion is an alternative way to achieve a fusion reaction.