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Abstract title Magnetic fusion for base-load electricity in the second half of the century
Author Prof.dr. Günter, Sibylle, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik Garching/Greifswald, Garching, Germany (Presenting author)
Topic Plasma and fusion physics
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Nuclear fusion could play a major role in the energy mix during the second half of this century. The advantages of nuclear fusion, in particular for base load power stations, are obvious: the fuel is nearly unlimited and widely available, and - in contrast to fission - there is no possibility of a runaway reaction or meltdown. After more than 50 years of research, fusion has advanced to the decisive step on the way to a power plant: the international tokamak experiment ITER is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of net energy production from nuclear fusion reactions. The talk will give an overview of the current status of fusion research and the remaining scientific challenges. It will discuss the two alternative concepts on the way to a fusion power plant: the tokamak, being the most advanced concept, and the stellarator, allowing for steady state operation.