2nd IAEA DEMO Workshop

Done in collaboration with the EU.

Dates: 17-20 December 2013

Location: IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria



The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in collaboration with the European Union, will hold the second IAEA DEMO Programme Workshop (DPW-2) at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna from 17-20 December 2013. The previous meeting in the series was held at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California, United States of America from 15 - 18 October 2012.


With the construction of ITER, the worldwide magnetic fusion programme has begun a transition from a fusion science activity to one aimed at producing fusion energy on an industrial, power plant scale. This is driving an increased emphasis on a fusion technology programme which, along with ITER and accompanying research, will bring fusion as a power source within our reach. While internationally there is no agreement on a single roadmap to fusion, the science and technology issues to be resolved for fusion power to become a reality are broadly agreed. Resolving these issues and understanding the options for next-step fusion nuclear facilities are of common interest, even if the emphases and priorities vary from nation to nation. Thus there is substantial scope to add value to the programme by international cooperation. Against this backdrop, the IAEA has established a series of annual DEMO Programme Workshops to facilitate international collaboration on defining and coordinating DEMO programme activities.


The objective of this workshop in the IAEA series, is to discuss a subset of key DEMO scientific and technical issues with the aim of defining the facilities and program activities that can lead to their resolution. The workshop output, to be documented in summary presentations and (tentatively) a journal publication, will be information that could be used by any party as input to the planning of possible roadmaps to DEMO. Opportunities to make greater progress through international collaboration will be identified, ideally leading to coordination or joint work where beneficial. To promote continuity in the workshop series, participants will propose the set of topics for the next workshop(s) in the series, considering the status, expected progress, and need for international discussion among the various DEMO issues.

The final workshop report can be found here (reproduced by the IAEA, Vienna, Austria, May 2014). Note: The Material in this document has been supplied by the authors and has not been edited by the IAEA. The views expressed remain the responsibility of the named authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the government(s) of the designating Member State(s). In particular, neither the IAEA nor any other organization or body sponsoring this meeting can be held responsible for any material reproduced in this document.

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