November 30th 2017
DIFFER reaches 3750 students and teachers at Fusion Days 2017
From 16-21 November 2017, DIFFER participated in the sixth edition of the Fusion Days at Antwerp University for some 3750 high school students and teachers. DIFFER's Fusion Road Show with its live experiments was again well received as the central event for the Fusion Days. In addition, the students were challenged to participate in the institute's new Energy Quiz on the future of energy.
November 27th 2017
analytical force balance on a dust particle in plasma
The journal Physics of Plasmas has chosen the paper An analytical force balance model for dust particles with size up to several Debye lengths (Damien Aussems et al.) as editor's pick in its November 2017 issue. In the paper, Damien and colleagues detail the various forces that work on a dust grain in a plasma environment during its growth process, which enables them to explain phases in a dust particle's development.
November 14th 2017
Jonathan Citrin to chair ITPA Transport & Confinement group
The International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA) Central Committee has appointed DIFFER group leader Dr. Jonathan Citrin as chair of its topical group on Transport and Confinement starting 1 January 2018. The ITPA is an international framework organised by ITER for coordinating fusion research activities of the highest priority for preparing the broad physics basis needed for ITER design and operation. Members of the ITPA groups are chosen by each ITER party as representative top experts of their sub-fields. In the coming 2 years, Citrin will facilitate the group collaboration for updating the Physics Basis for ITER, a once-a-decade review of the status of the field.
November 13th 2017
DIFFER Strategic Plan 2017-2022
Public support to accelerate the energy transition is at an all-time high, but there is growing awareness that existing technology alone will not be enough to create a fully sustainable energy system. DIFFER's new strategic plan for the period 2017-2022 aims to address fundamental challenges to realizing a flexible, sustainable energy infrastructure.
November 8th 2017
CCER agreement with TU/e signed
In the CCER (Centre for Computational Energy Research), DIFFER and Eindhoven University of Technology join forces to accelerate energy innovation by integrating high performance computing with energy research. On Tuesday 7 November managing director Drs. Jolie van Wevelingen at the TU/e faculties of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering (center) and DIFFER's institute manager Dr. Wim Koppers signed the formal collaboration agreement to set up the CCER.