European researchers achieve fusion energy record

NCPST are among the 30 member institutes of the EUROfusion consortium, to release a record-breaking 59 megajoules of sustained fusion energy demonstrating the potential of fusion energy as a sustainable low-carbon energy source.  

Professor Miles Turner said “This outcome is the result of twenty years of work by the EUROfusion team, with a significant contribution from DCU. Even more important than the headlines is that these results give confidence that the much larger Iter experiment will perform as intended when it starts in 2025. Consequently, this is a big step forward for fusion power as a future low carbon energy source.”

The record and scientific data from these crucial experiments are a major boost for ITER, a larger and more advanced version of JET. ITER is an international fusion research project, based in the south of France and supported by seven members – China, the European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the USA – aims to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy.