MARIE-LINE MAYORAL Recently, Marie-Line Mayoral became EUROfusion’s Experimental Programmes group leader. This means, she manages the experimental programmes for EUROfusion funded facilities such as the medium sized tokamaks, Wendelstein 7-X and upcoming MAST and WEST.

MARIE-LINE MAYORAL
Recently, Marie-Line Mayoral became EUROfusion’s Experimental Programmes group leader. This means, she manages the experimental programmes for
EUROfusion funded facilities such as the
medium sized tokamaks, Wendelstein
7-X and upcoming MAST and WEST.

STEFFEN ANTUSCH Steffen Antusch knows brittleness by heart. The materials expert from Karlsruhe helped the French team at the WEST tokamak to find a solution for tiny diagnostics which must survive in a harsh environment. Finally, 70 Langmuir probes were sent from Karlsruhe to Cadarache.

If you are looking for success in fusion research, you are holding the right magazine in your hands. Of course, collaborations will always have drawbacks. Especially when 27 nations are involved and, what is more,  sensitive and highly complex machines are sometimes a bit moody.

EUROfusion aims to demonstrate that fusion electricity can become reality.

Moreover, EUROfusion shows what can be achieved as a result of challenging multinational projects: a world record, for example. In collaboration with the Swiss Plasma Center, a lab of the Italian ENEA created a superconducting cable which exceeds even ITER’s demands in terms of current.

Also, researchers at the upcoming test tokamak WEST were scratching their expert heads to find a solution for their diagnostics and went ahead using tiny instruments made from brittle tungsten. Who did they call in to help? KIT in Germany. After teaming up, they managed to create 70 sensitive pieces designed to aid fusion progress.

The staff at the medium sized tokamaks ASDEX-Upgrade and TCV, the big fusion experiment JET and celebrity stellarator Wendelstein 7-X, will surely have something to say about team work. Take a look at Fusion in Europe to discover what happened in the vessels of those machines over the course of the last half year.

LUIGI MUZZI We can’t really tell what it was that put the smile on the face of Italian researcher Luigi Muzzi. Maybe it was the major success in his research on superconducting cables. Luigi and a team from ENEA’s superconductivity lab have achieved a solution which satisfies the demands of the first fusion power plant, DEMO.

As the EUROfusion quartet consisting of three tokamaks and one stellarator powers up, there is a group of enthusiasts who will make them even more popular. Five friends join to give fusion a voice beyond European borders. Although Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina have a history in this research, the local universities no longer provide lectures on fusion. The recently established Fusion Education Network is about to fight that and take home what the European Master of Science in Nuclear Fusion and Engineering Physics gave them: an idea of collaboration, an elaborate project management and the creation of something new.