Posted on: 13th December 2015

#13 Remote inspection

Image: Remote inspection system. Image source: ENEA

Image: Remote inspection system. Image source: ENEA

EUROfusion’s Italian Research Unit ENEA has been using a high-quality system for remote inspection. The remote inspection equipment is used for remote viewing and inspection of plasma-facing components in the fusion reactor. It accurately reconstructs, in the absence of illumination, the image and distance of objects by means of a laser beam. This system can find applications in all areas where direct detection or inspection can be hazardous or tricky such as in civil defence and archaeological or geological investigations.

The complexity and the multidisciplinary nature of fusion research produced number of spin-offs that have found applications in industry, other scientific disciplines, and technological advances. The areas that have benefited from fusion research span a variety of fields ranging from medicine and material science to computing and astrophysics.

EUROfusion has identified some of these spin-offs, looked at fusion research aspects that have the potential for short-term benefits, and prepared a non-exhaustive list of fusion spin-offs which demonstrate the short-term benefits of fusion research on the way to fusion electricity.