Turning science fiction into reality

Prasoon explains how the EUROfusion Roadmap shows the way to for fusion power to become reality. The document lays the foundation for fusion research by providing a balance between pragmatism and innovation. "The European roadmap to bring fusion from laboratories to the markets is unique to me, and to many like me who would constitute the so-called ITER generation of fusion scientists."

Without a doubt, fusion is a complex process and its machinery is unimaginably sophisticated. The European endeavour is based on game-changing scientific evidence. The risks are well-calculated and their achievements so far are highly promising, giving us all the reasons to believe in the picture painted in the roadmap.

A herculean yet inviting enterprise

The European Union is the epitome of international partnership and industrial collaborations. Both of which have been repeatedly and exclusively highlighted in its fusion masterplan. For the purpose of experiments, ideas and experiences, numerous labs from the U.S., Japan, China, South Korea, and beyond have found a place in the programme. At the same time, the existing market players were incorporated even from the early stages. Some have the goal of converting nuclear fusion into a prolific commercial entity soon. Extending its entrepreneurial spirit, Europe also welcomes and supports spin-offs of fusion research. Practical business based on ideas from fusion sciences, like the transfer of superconducting technology to the MRI, had and will continue to have great potential on society.

This humongous project demands a large and specialised work-force, which is progressively going to grow up to four times the current number during its course. Thus, the scheme includes proactive education and training of the ITER generation. Feeding hundreds of new graduates into research and industry, Europe is already attracting youngsters to fusion, including non-Europeans, like me.