EFDA participated in the Argentina Oil & Gas (AOG) Expo 2001, which was organized together with the 18th World Energy Congress (WEC) and held in Buenos Aires (21 – 25 October 2001). The stand was sponsored by the Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics (Association EURATOM-IPP) in Garching, Germany.

Through exhibiting at this event EFDA has established many new contacts with opinion formers and decision makers from different branches of energy research and energy planning. The aim of EFDA is to get fusion recognized as a key player in the debate over long term energy provision and climate change.

About 300 exhibitors came from different energy sectors including hydro, oil, gas, carbon, nuclear and wind. During the five days of the exhibition the EFDA stand received approx. 650-700 visitors, who were congress participants as well as external visitors – such as journalists, university professors, politicians, energy experts and energy advisers. The large majority of people who visited our stand were aware of fusion in general. All the visitors were impressed by the progress that has been made in fusion research and most of them considered fusion a serious candidate for the future energy supply.

The outcome of the participation was extremely positive. It gives us confidence in pursuing further the EFDA policy to be represented at this type of event. We have also been encouraged to do so by Alan Morrison, the Executive Director of the organization committee for the next WEC, to be held in Sydney in 2004.

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Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 123 / No. 12, December 2001, p. 51- 55

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Some of the main exhibitors were:
EDF, Alstom, Babcock Borsig Power, GE Power, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, IHI, Hitachi, Repsol YPF, Siemens, Techint