Fusion with a twist: Racing particles (also) in W7-X stellarator

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Without the emergence of a non-polluting, fuel-efficient energy source such as fusion, the energy future of mankind is bleak, especially with respect to baseload electricity production. Therefore we have little option but to get fusion working on an industrial level and work towards commercial fusion power has to be pursued at all fronts.
The strengths and weaknesses of stellarator configuration are to a large extent opposite to those of tokamaks. The year 2015 will witness the first plasma in W7-X, the world's largest stellarator, in Greifswald, Germany. The unique numerical tools and expertise at Aalto University will be used to help address pressing fast ion issues in W7-X in a timely fashion. In parallel, simulations of energetic ions and runaway electrons will be continued both for ITER and DEMO to help tailor safe operating scenarios, and for present-day tokamaks to validate various physics models and to shed light on the role of MHD events on fast ion confinement.
Short titleTwistFusion/Kurki-Suonio
Effective start/end date01/09/201631/08/2020

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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