Fusion and ITER take the stage at the EU Sustainable Energy Week, 7 June 2018
The EU Sustainable Energy Week is
Europe’s most important policy conference on energy. The 2018 edition featured
more than 60 conference sessions exploring the latest thinking on sustainable
energy policy, led by representatives of the European Commission, industry
organisations, local authorities and NGOs. It offered the opportunity to the
more than 3,000 participants to discover innovative policies and projects for
clean, secure, sustainable energy and build alliances for future cooperation.
This year’s conference took place in Brussels from 5-7 June.
Fusion and ITER featured in the
programme of the conference, highlighting the growing recognition of the
important role it would be called upon to play in the sustainable energy mix of
Chaired by Jan Panek from the European Commission, the
session brought in speakers from the ITER Organization (Shira Tabachnikoff),
F4E (Juan Knaster), EUROfusion (Tony Donné) and the European Commission (Michel
Claessens) and attracted a public of non-specialists. The speakers explained in detail what fusion is, how it works, the
promises it holds and how far we have still to go to conquer this unique energy
form. The progress of the ITER project, the next big step on the road to
fusion, as well as the economic and industrial benefits arising from investing
in the development of fusion were also detailed.
Fusion fitted very nicely in the
“Lead the clean energy transition” - the theme for the 2018 edition of
the EU Sustainable Energy Week. Fusion has the potential to become a suitable complement to
renewables as a safe, abundant and environmentally responsible energy source.
Speaking at the Fusion session (from left to right): Juan Knaster (F4E), Tony Donne (Eurofusion), Jan Panek (European Commission) and Shira Tabachnikoff (ITER IO)