Demonstration Power Plants (DEMO)
Beyond ITER, it is envisaged that demonstration fusion reactors could be constructed that can produce electrical power and be commercialised. To achieve this in the shortest timescale (the “fast track”), studies have shown that aside from the operation of ITER, a parallel programme of materials testing would be needed.
While the final design of DEMO will depend to a large extent on the results obtained from the exploitation of ITER and other fusion experiments, it is envisaged that a programme of research and development activities in preparation for DEMO will be coordinated by F4E to perform studies, validate technologies, develop prototypes, etc.
Artists impression of a fusion power plant (Courtesy: EFDA)