1st IAEA DEMO Programme Workshop
Dates: 15-18 October 2012
Location: University of California at Los Angeles
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold the first IAEA DEMO Programme Workshop (DPW-2012) at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California, United States of America from 15—18 October, 2012. The meeting will be hosted by the University of California at Los Angeles.
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, the first 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.