The matter of fusion research at Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) is embedded in a new organisational structure: On October 1st 2010 FZJ’s Plasma Physics department became part of the newly founded “Institute of Energy and Climate Research” (IEK). Here, scientists from the former Institute of Energy Research and the Institute of Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, more than 600 people in total, will set to work on the common goal of realising a sustainable supply of energy for the future. With this step FZJ shows that they consider energy and climate research to be closely linked and that we need to use an integrated approach. In addition to fusion, IEK research topics comprise fuel cells, photovoltaic technology, fission reactor safety, material studies and climate-relevant processes in the geosphere.

Ralph P. Schorn, FZJ