Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was the setting for an exceptional scientific event: the 15th edition of the International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT), which was held from September the 10 to 15, 2023.
With a duration of five days, more than 700 participants gathered to share their research, progress in the field and to discuss the future of this clean energy. More than 400 papers were presented, covering topics ranging from short- and long-term reactor technologies to science, engineering, experiments, and safety.
IREC’s contribution focused on the research topic with a long-lasting collaboration since 2010: the IFMIF project. It is a key facility for the development of fusion energies where, by means of a particle accelerator, the radioactivity conditions inside the fusion reactor will be reproduced and will allow research on the materials that are in contact with the plasma.
The ISFNT proved to be a vibrant forum for international exchange of ideas and collaboration, with the outstanding participation of projects from around the world, including China, Korea, the United States, Japan, Europe, India, and Russia. The congress culminated with an open table on the prospects of nuclear fusion as an energy source, its essential contribution to the fight against climate change and how to accelerate this transition.
Directors of the major projects have announced, in the congress, to make significant progress in the coming decades.