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The 1st International Workshop on ESEFP Successfully Held

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     The 1st International Workshop on Environmental, Safety and Economic Aspects of Fusion Power (ESEFP) was successfully held in Jeju Island, Korea, on 13 Sep 2015. The aim of the workshop is to coordinate the international cooperation for researching scientific and technical problems related to the ESEFP. The workshop can contribute to the government supervision and the improvement of public acceptance of fusion. Around 40 experts participated in the meeting from ITER, China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, USA, etc.

    Prof. Yican Wu, who is the Chair of workshop organizing committee, ExCo Chair of International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement on a Cooperative Programme on ESEFP, and also the director of Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences • FDS Team, opened the workshop by introducing the frame of IEA ESEFP IA as well as the reason for initiating this workshop. Subsequently, Carlos Alejaldre (Former ITER DDG), Didier Perrault (IRSN), Yican Wu (INEST, CAS), Dobromir Panayotov (F4E), Brad Merrill (INL), Christian Grisolia (CEA), Massimo Zucchetti (Politecnico di Torino), Boris Kolbasov (Kurchatov Institute), Tonio Pinna (ENEA), Didier van Houtte (CEA), and Satoshi Konishi (Kyoto University) made very interesting presentations mainly related to safety issues and environmental impact, availability growth and risk control, socio-economic aspects of fusion power, and fusion power plant studies. There were also 9 poster presentations given during the workshop. Moreover, all the participants made a deep discussion in the summary session focusing on issues for the DEMO safety and licensing gaps, and finally a consensus has been reached in all relevant aspects, in particular regarding accidents, radioactive material release, occupational radioactive exposure and radioactive wastes.   

    Nuclear safety is a prerequisite for the development of fusion energy. Given that the ultimate goal of nuclear fusion research is to develop fusion power plants to generate electricity as a safe, environmental and endless energy, safety issues will be increasingly important for fusion energy system beyond ITER. It is highly expected that the IEA ESEFP IA will continue by combining the international efforts to bridge the scientific and technical gap between ITER and DEMO, support the governmental policy, and to bring the sophisticated fusion energy development program more to the public. The next workshop has been agreed by the Executive Committee of IEA ESEFP IA to be held in conjunction with the ISFNT-13 in 2017.

Disclaimer:The ESEFPIA also known as the implementing Agreement on a Co-operative Programme on Environmental,Safety and Economic Aspects of Fusion Power,functions within a framework created by the International Energy Agency(IEA).Views,findings and publications of the ESEFPIA do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or of all of its individual member countries.

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