EUROfusion is an international concortium whose mission is the realization of power reactors utilizing the fusion which is the energy source of stars. The introdution of this new energy source will be an important contribution in the mitigation of the climate change.
The main near-term goal of EUROfusion programme is the construction and operation of ITER which will be the largest tokamak type fusion reactor and paves way for the following commercial power plants. The facility is currently under construction in the France and will be ready at 2025. ITER will generate 10 times more fusion power (500 MW) than is used to sustain the fusion process. It is one of the world’s largest and ambitions scientific undertaking and requires the worldwide contribution. ITER International Organization comprises EU, China, Europe, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States. EUROfusion consortium coordinates the European contribution to ITER and has 30 research organizations and universities from 26 EU member states, Switzerland and Ukraine.
Estonia is represented in EUROfusion consortium by University of Tartu. The laboratories of Institute of Physics which are participating in the fulfillment of different tasks of the programme are Laboratory of Plasma Physics, Laboratory of Physics of Ion Crystals and Laboratory of Environmental Physics.
The homepage of the consortium is www.euro-fusion.org.