Fusion Energy is still on track for a global energy mix

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. Picture: EC

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. Picture: EC

Electricity demands are set to grow in the 21st century, so we will need new, clean, secure and competitive energy solutions in Europe and the world. Fusion energy is part of that global quest for a new and sustainable energy source. Securing clean energy supplies at competitive prices is an important priority for the European Commission and part of our Energy Union strategy. If fusion power can be realised within the timescale of our current roadmap − with a demonstration power plant starting operation in the early 2040s − fusion could become a valuable energy source in the second half of this century.

Some of the world’s best scientists and engineers are now taking the first step on this journey, helping to design, construct and safely operate ITER, one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today. The Commission is playing its part also. As part of Horizon 2020, the EU fusion programme has set high standards in a goal-oriented roadmap and a comprehensive Joint Programme, and we are not alone. Solving global climate and energy challenges requires global action, and for this reason Euratom researchers are leading the way in the international effort to identify the right technologies to produce commercial fusion electricity. I firmly believe that by working closely with our international partners, we can reach our goals to make fusion energy a global energy for the future: making fusion energy open to the world.

Carlos Moedas

The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, was born in Beja (Portugal) in 1970. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute (IST) in 1993 and completed his final year of studies at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. After obtaining an MBA from Harvard Business School (USA) in 2000, he returned to Europe to work in mergers and acquisitions at the investment bank Goldman Sachs in London (UK). He returned to Portugal in 2004 as Managing Director of Aguirre Newman and member of the Executive Board of Aguirre Newman in Spain. In 2008, he founded his own investment company, Crimson Investment management. Three years later he was elected for the National Parliament and was called for the government to Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal in charge of the Portuguese Adjustment Programme. In 2014, Moedas finally became member of the European Commission.