JET future secure

We can now continue to work on the realisation of fusion energy together with the indispensable experience of our British partner

EUROfusion Programme Manager Tony Donné

The future of the EUROfusion flagship and the world’s largest operational fusion research facility, the Joint European Torus, JET, is now secure. The European Commission and the UK have signed a contract extension that will secure at least €100m from the EU over the next two years. This means that JET operations are guaranteed until the end of 2020 regardless of the Brexit outcome.

EUROfusion   Programme Manager Tony Donné said, “A heavy weight has been lifted off our shoulders. This is extraordinarily good news for EUROfusion and the European fusion community as a whole. We can now continue to work on the realisation of fusion energy together with the indispensable experience of our British partner.”

Indeed the news brings reassurance to the more than 500 staff who work at the JET site. And as important is the fact that JET can continue to provide invaluable experimental results and nurture scientific expertise before ITER begins operations in 2025. JET is currently the only tokamak capable of operation with Deuterium-Tritium, the fusion fuel of the future. And with its ITER-like wall, and other diagnostics, the EUROfusion flagship serves as a test bed for future ITER operations.