At first glance, the prospect of using fusion energy as a power source seems to come from science fiction. However, fusion scientists all over the world are working to make it a reality as an energy source for the future. Fusion energy is low-carbon, clean, and safe, and as such could sit alongside renewables in the energy mix in the second half of this century.
The global effort to develop fusion energy concentrates in the south of France, where seven international partners are collaborating to build the ITER fusion device. ITER represents the next generation of fusion machines; it is expected to make crucial breakthroughs in fusion science before the middle of the century, and pave the way to putting fusion electricity on the grid. This session brings together key players in the ITER project and in European fusion development to give the latest updates on the project and talk about this exciting new frontier in energy generation.