Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?
Highlighting research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes
Part of Today in the Lab - Tomorrow in Energy?
IEA (2020), Advancing the energy of the future, IEA, Paris https://www.iea.org/articles/advancing-the-energy-of-the-future
What is the aim of this project?
Advanced nuclear systems come with many challenges. The High Intensity D-T Fusion Neutron Generator (HINEG) is an experimental platform designed to promote the continuous development of advanced fusion/fission energy systems and extended nuclear technology applications. The HINEG project, which is advancing in three phases, is conducting research in nuclear technology and safety, validation of methods and software, radiation protection, materials, and other nuclear technology applications.
How could this technology be explained to a high school student?
The two main fuels used in nuclear fusion are deuterium and tritium, and neutronics is the study of the behaviour of the neutrons created in the deuterium-tritium (D-T) fusion process. HINEG-I, which focuses on basic neutronics research, has achieved the highest neutron yield among D-T neutron generators under operation, and is a milestone in fusion technology. HINEG-II will focus on materials irradiation and neutronics performance testing. HINEG-III will conduct full lifetime testing of fusion materials, components, and reliability of collection data.
What is the value of this project for society?
At what stage of development is this project?
The project began in 2000 and HINEG-I was completed in 2015. The design optimization and research and development for key technologies beyond HINEG-I are under way. HINEG-II and HINEG-III will be developed with deep domestic and international collaboration. HINEG-II is expected to be finished around 2025 and HINEG-III will be developed in 2030s.
What government policies could bring this from the lab to the market?
About the Technology Collaboration Programme on Nuclear Technology of Fusion Reactors (NTFR TCP)
Established in 1994, the NTFR TCP provides a unique framework for co-ordinating international research, development and collaboration in technologies that will be essential for the successful realisation of nuclear fusion as an energy source. The TCP focuses on technologies of components located close to the fusion plasma and subjected to high-energy neutron irradiation.
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