March 3, 2021
The Dutch knowledge institutions NRG/PALLAS, TU Delft, DIFFER, and reactor developer Thorizon have formed a knowledge consortium to accelerate the development of the Molten Salt Reactor (MSR). Recent technological developments at the partners form the basis for further design and testing of key processes and materials to build an MSR.
February 22, 2021
Source and more information: European Council The Council of the European Union secured the continuation of the European financing of ITER-project during the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) period 2021-2027. The indicative European contribution to the project for the period 2021-2027 is set at 5.61 billion euros.
February 12, 2021
Midden in een fusiereactor is het onwaarschijnlijk heet. Waterstof dat uit dit binnenste ontsnapt, moet op weg naar de wand worden afgekoeld, anders smelt de reactorwand. DIFFER-onderzoekers ontwikkelden met het EPFL Swiss Plasma Center een strakke meet- en regelmethode om deze hete ontsnapte deeltjes uit het fusieplasma extreem gecontroleerd te kunnen koelen. De mijlpaal in het fusie-onderzoek verschijnt in Nature Communications.
February 12, 2021
The core of a fusion reactor is incredibly hot. Hydrogen that inevitably escapes from it must be cooled on its way to the wall, as otherwise, the reactor wall would be damaged. Researchers from the Dutch institute DIFFER and the EPFL’s Swiss Plasma Center have developed a strict measurement and control method for the cooling of very hot particles escaping from fusion plasmas. This milestone for fusion research is published in Nature Communications.
January 7, 2021
DIFFER researchers found an alternative sustainable, all-electric way to produce ammonia from nitrogen and water. Ammonia is an important precursor of fertilizers, as well as a potential carbon-free energy carrier. The researchers published this method in the journal ACS Energy Letters.