December 6th 2018
Presenting ITER and fusion at the COP24 climate conference
At the COP24 UN Conference on Climate Change in Katowice, ITER's (and former DIFFER colleague) Greg De Temmerman gave a strong overview of the potential of fusion energy and progress at the ITER site.
November 27th 2018
Could replacing failed plasma-facing components in the wall of a fusion reactor ever be as easy as changing a light bulb? That was the ambitious idea behind a collaborative project between CCFE / UKAEA (UK), Sandia National Laboratories (USA) and DIFFER (Netherlands), when the group ran a proof of principle demonstration earlier this year.
November 23rd 2018
Neural networking wins EUROfusion Enabling Research grant
DIFFER has landed an Enabling Research grant from the Horizon2020 programme EUROfusion. The consortium between DIFFER, CEA Cadarache (France), and the Swiss Plasma Center, aims to significantly accelerate fusion reactor simulation through application of machine learning methods. DIFFER scientists Jonathan Citrin (principal investigator), Karel van de Plassche, and Aaron Ho in the Integrated Modelling and Transport group will receive EUROfusion support in 2019-2020 towards this goal.
November 13th 2018
Zon en wind leveren een steeds groter deel van onze elektriciteit, maar de elektriciteitsvraag beslaat maar 20% van ons totale energieverbruik. Met zonnebrandstoffen kunnen we duurzame stroom omzetten in schone, CO2-neutrale brandstoffen. Lees er alles over in deze Zonnebrandstoffen-special van het NTvN - Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde.
November 12th 2018
Marco de Baar to chair ITPA specialist group on ITER diagnostics
The International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA) has appointed DIFFER group leader Prof. Marco de Baar as chair of its Realtime Specialists Working Group (RT-SWG). The ITPA is an international framework organised by the global ITER fusion project to coordinate fusion research. ITPA activities prepare the broad physics basis needed for ITER design and operation and members of the ITPA groups are chosen by each ITER party as representative top experts of their sub-fields. In the coming three years, Marco de Baar will focus on formulating sensor models that will be used in the numerical simulation of control loops of the ITER plasma.