EUROfusion, the ‘European Consortium for the Development of Fusion Energy’, manages and funds European fusion research activities on behalf of Euratom.
The signatories of the EUROfusion consortium agreement are 26 member states of the European Union* plus Switzerland as associated member. They signed the agreement on behalf of about 40 fusion laboratories which are themselves linked to more than 100 Third Parties**.
EUROfusion funds fusion research activities in accordance with the Roadmap to the realisation of fusion energy. The Roadmap outlines the most efficient way to realise fusion electricity by 2050. It is the result of an analysis of the European Fusion Programme undertaken in 2012 by the Research laboratories within EUROfusion’s predecessor agreement, the European Fusion Development Agreement, EFDA.
*Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.
**The majority of Third Parties are universities followed by laboratories and industry.
In the 1970s, Europe’s leading fusion laboratories joined forces to build and operate the Joint European Torus, JET. Since then a growing number of labs have been continuously developing their collaboration to coordinate research activities beyond JET. To this end the parties formed the European Fusion Development Agreement, EFDA in 1999. Since 2014 the EUROfusion consortium takes this collaboration another step further.