March 26th 2019
Vapor shielding can regulate temperature of fusion reactor walls
A heat shield of liquid metal automatically limits the temperature of a fusion reactor's inner wall, no matter how high the incoming heat load. PhD candidate Peter Rindt (TU/e and DIFFER) tested 3D-printed prototype holders for liquid metal in DIFFER's research facility Magnum-PSI and discovered that a protective vapor shield above the liquid metal self-regulates the surface temperature to 800-900 oC. Self-repairing and self-protecting liquid walls are an attractive concept for future fusion power plants, where the reactor walls need to withstand extreme temperatures and particle impacts for months to years between repairs. Peter Rindt and colleagues published their tests of liquid-metal infused prototypes in Nuclear Fusion, the leading scientific journal in this field.
March 15th 2019
DIFFER hosts roundtable on ITER project and involvement of Dutch industry
DIFFER hosted a roundtable event on Wednesday 13 March on the status and progress of the international ITER fusion project and the business opportunities for Dutch companies and research laboratories. ITER is building the most advanced fusion reactor in the world, which brings great opportunities for science and businesses. During the event, Dutch researchers, companies, and DGs and top level civil servants from the ministries for science and economic affairs met with the heads of ITER and Fusion for Energy, the EU organization providing Europe’s contribution to ITER.
February 26th 2019
Physicist Isabel Krebs joins DIFFER to study and optimize computational models for hybrid operation scenarios in tokamak fusion reactors. These offer a possibility for longer, more stable discharges in future fusion power plants. Isabel Krebs' Postdoc postion at DIFFER is funded by one of the prestigious Researcher Grants of EUROfusion, the European consortium for fusion energy research.
February 26th 2019
Het Nederlandse instituut voor funderend energieonderzoek DIFFER is tevreden over de uitkomst van de Portfolio Evaluatie  van het landschap van Nederlandse onderzoeksinstituten. De commissie geeft aan dat DIFFER een evidente meerwaarde heeft voor het Nederlandse kennislandschap, en roemt de nationaal coördinerende rol van DIFFER in het onderzoek naar kernfusie.
February 26th 2019
Wouter Vijvers, Director of Chromodynamics; Kees Buijsrogge, Director of TNO; ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot; and Ricardo Patricio, Director of Active Space Technologies sign an agreement on the development of a diagnostic tool for ITER
Dutch research institutes TNO and DIFFER will be joining with Active Space Technologies (Europe) and DIFFER spin-off company Chromodynamics to develop a diagnostic tool capable of measuring the impurity content of the plasma—important information for regulating neutral beam heating power on the nuclear fusion project ITER.