Fusion research at KIT
In the Nuclear Fusion Programme six institutes of KIT are collaborating. The main focus of activities is on the experimentally validated engineering design of ITER components. In order to master these tasks efficiently, a project-oriented approach is pursued assuring close connection between research activities, analysis and design aimed to develop complete nuclear parts and systems. Competent industrial partners will carry over the quality assured manufacturing and the assembly in ITER, KIT being in charge of monitoring and supporting.
In parallel to the activities for ITER, strategically important technologies for the first commercial fusion power plant are being developed. Most important are the material development for highly loaded components such as the blanket and the divertor and the utilisation of high temperature superconductor technologies for fusion magnets.
Rounding off the spectrum of activities are collaborations in the framework of Wendelstein 7-X and the Broader Approach, the agreement between Japan and the EU to carry out common ITER accompanying projects.