Fusion takes the stage at the EU Sustainable Energy Week, Brussels, 22 June 2017
Sustainable Energy Week is Europe’s most important policy conference on energy.
The 2017 edition featured more than 60 conference sessions exploring the latest
thinking on sustainable energy policy, led by representatives of the European
Commission, industry organisations, local authorities and NGOs. It offered the
opportunity to the more than 2,000 participants to discover innovative policies
and projects for clean, secure, sustainable energy and build alliances for
future cooperation. This year’s conference took place in Brussels from 20-22
very first time, fusion energy was featured in the programme of the conference,
highlighting the growing recognition of the important role it would be called
upon to play in the sustainable energy mix of the future.
Energy representatives organised a policy seminar on “Fusion: Clean,
Safe, Unlimited Energy for the Future” and explained in detail what fusion is,
how it works, the promises it holds and how far we have still to go to conquer
this unique energy form. The progress of the ITER project, the next big step on
the road to fusion, as well as the economic and industrial benefits arising
from investing in the development of fusion were also detailed.
debate that followed the presentation, participants said to be impressed by the
potential fusion offers for the generation of vast amounts of electricity in a
safe and clean manner. It was noted that the arrival of fusion would not only
signify unlimited energy for all, but would also mark the end of current
geopolitical tensions linked to the location of the reserves of fossil fuels.
Fusion can guarantee security of supply as the fuels required, sea water and
lithium from the earth crust, are abundant and widely available everywhere in
the world. Finally, despite the fact that the horizon for commercially
available fusion energy is still a few decades away, it was clearly recognised
that its development remains important as it is the only known energy source
which has the potential for industrial scale baseload energy to cover the
ever-growing future energy needs.
Energy for All Europeans” was the theme for the 2017 edition of the EU
Sustainable Energy Week and the policy seminar offered by F4E underlined the
key role that fusion will have in the respect.