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Fusion energy using tokamaks: can development be accelerated?

Discussion meeting

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Colin Windsor FRS, Professor Dennis Whyte, Dr Jack Connor FRS, Dr Melanie Windridge and Professor Guenter Janeschitz.

MAST spherical tokamak, CCFE

Fusion power is one of the few options for abundant, safe, carbon-free energy. Steady progress has been made using tokamaks, but the flagship ITER remains years ahead. It is time for a discussion on whether new technologies, techniques and materials, such as high temperature superconductors, spherical tokamaks and composite materials could lead to faster development.

The schedule of talks and speaker biographies are available below. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future volume of Philosophical Transactions A.

Poster session

There will be a poster session at 17:00 on Monday 26 March 2018. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (not more than 200 words and in the third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and authors' institutions to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Friday 23 February 2018. Please include the text 'Poster abstract submission' and the meeting name in the subject line. Please note that places are limited and posters are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the proposed presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

Attending this event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advanced registration is essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes Team

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Schedule of talks

26 March

09:00-10:40

Fusion's overview

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Professor Colin Windsor FRS, Tokamak Energy UK Ltd, UK

09:10-09:40 Alternatives to tokamaks: a faster-better-cheaper route to fusion energy?

Daniel Clery, Science magazine

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09:40-09:55 Discussion

09:55-10:25 Talk title tbc

Professor Tony Donné, EUROfusion, Germany

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10:25-10:40 Discussion

10:40-11:05

Coffee

11:05-12:35

Current projects

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Professor Dennis Whyte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

11:05-11:35 Talk title tbc

Professor Guenter Janeschitz, ITER Organisation, France

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11:35-11:50 Discussion

11:50-12:20 JT-60SA and Japanese tokamak programmes

Dr Yutaka Kamada, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Japan

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12:20-12:35 Discussion

12:35-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Towards the future

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Dr Melanie Windridge, Tokamak Energy UK Ltd, UK

13:30-14:00 Professor Howard Wilson, University of York, UK

14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 The UKAEA Strategy for delivering fusion power

Professor Ian Chapman, UK Atomic Energy Authority, UK

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30

Tea

15:30-17:00

The question of size

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Sir Keith O'Nions HonFREng FRS, Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge, UK

15:30-16:00 On the size of tokamak fusion power plants

Professor Hartmut Zohm, Max-Planck-Institute of Plasma Physics, Germany

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:30 Smaller and quicker with STs and HTS

Dr Melanie Windridge, Tokamak Energy UK Ltd, UK

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16:30-16:45 Towards an ST fusion pilot plant

Dr Alan Costley, Tokamak Energy UK Ltd, UK

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16:45-17:00 Discussion

17:00-18:15

Poster session

27 March

09:00-10:30

Future projects

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Dr Jack Connor FRS, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and Tokamak Energy UK Ltd

09:00-09:30 Talk title tbc

Dr Jonathan Menard, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, USA

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Small, modular and economically attractive fusion enabled by HTS superconductors

Professor Dennis Whyte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00

Coffee

11:00-12:30

Engineering fusion

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Mr Tom Todd, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (retired), UK

11:00-11:30 Engineering challenges for Accelerated Demonstrators

Dr Elizabeth Surrey, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, UK

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Materials for fusion, with special reference to the spherical tokamak design

Professor George Smith FRS, Trinity College Oxford, UK

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-15:00

The economics of fusion

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Professor Guenter Janeschitz, ITER Organisation, France

13:30-14:00 What is the value proposition of fusion energy?

Professor Niek Lopes Cardozo, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 The economics of size

Dr Paul Thomas, Tokamak Energy Ltd, UK

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30

Tea

15:30-17:00

Discussion

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Dr Richard Hawryluk, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, UK

15:30-16:30 Open discussion: a road map to accelerated fusion

16:30-17:00 Summary and closing remarks

Professor Colin Windsor FRS, Tokamak Energy UK Ltd, UK

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Fusion energy using tokamaks: can development be accelerated? The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK