The worldwide energy transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy requires technology that allows large quantities of clean, sustainable and reliable energy to be generated in compact power stations. Fusion energy could satisfy this demand without the emission of greenhouse gases. Nuclear fusion is the energy source of our sun. At the core of the sun, energy is released when hydrogen atoms react at high temperatures to produce helium. We can and want to make this fusion process safe and clean to use on earth as well.
The first fusion reactor that can demonstrate the technical feasibility of nuclear fusion as an energy source on earth is now being constructed in the South of France. It is a joint project between Europe, the United States, Russia, Japan, India, South Korea and China that is deemed larger and more complex than the international space Station ISS.
DIFFER is the leading Dutch research centre for nuclear fusion and the contact point for Dutch researchers and companies who want to participate in the worldwide research into nuclear fusion. The research institute is the Dutch partner in the Horizon2020 programme EUROfusion and works together with the European domestic agency Fusion4Energy for companies who want to participate in the construction of ITER.
Computational Plasma Physics and Chemistry
Developing numerical models for the study of molecular plasmas
Fusion Facilities & Instrumentation
Maintaining, operating and developing devices and diagnostics available in the Plasma Material Interaction labs
Integrated Modelling and MHD
Developing theory and numerical tools for modelling fusion plasmas
Integrated Modelling and Transport
Prediction and control of tokamak transport within plasma simulation frameworks
Plasma Edge Physics and Diagnostics
Investigating complex processes in the edge of fusion plasmas with state of the art diagnostics
Plasma Material Interactions
Solving the problem of exhausting huge heat and particle loads to the reactor wall
DIFFER is one of the members of EUROfusion, the Horizon2020
programme which manages and funds fusion research activities