Technical Innovations, environmental aspects, financial issues and policy matters – SUSTAIN is a biannual international conference and tradeshow where trends in the area of sustainable energy, particularly industrial aspects, and energy efficiency are brought together. Supported by the European Commission, the 4th event of this kind took place on May 13-15, 2003 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). 83 exhibitors from eleven countries exhibited their latest products and services to international visitors to the fair, which merged both sustainable and ecological issues (Sustain and Ecotech fair).

Supported by the Association Euratom-FOM (Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter) Rijnhuizen (The Netherlands), EFDA presented posters on fusion, JET and ITER and explained to visitors the aims and targets of fusion research in the EU. The ITER model and the films shown at the stand provided a broader spectrum of information. The large number of visitors – representatives of national and international industries, conference delegates, energy experts, as well as university professors from other fields – were well informed about fusion in general. Constructive discussions were carried out with members of Non-Governmental Organisations visiting the fair and a useful exchange of experience and opinions was also possible with experts working for other sustainable energy projects. Most of the visitors were supportive of research in fusion energy and wished to be informed more regularly on the progress in the research. The fair allowed EFDA to establish many new contacts with opinion makers and representatives from different energy sectors.

A two-day conference was held in conjunction with the fair reviewing the latest strategic and technical developments in the international renewable energy markets. Prof. N.J. Lopes Cardozo, Head of the Plasma Physics Division at FOM, presented the strategic development and the potential of fusion as a clean energy source of the future. He explained the state of the ongoing ITER negotiations between the partners and discussed the possible contribution of fusion to a sustainable supply of energy in the second half of this century.

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