DEMO and fusion power plant conceptual studies in Europe

David Maisonnier, Iau Cook, Sardain Pierre, Boccaccini Lorenzo, Di Pace Luigi, Giancarli Luciano, Norajitra Prachai, Pizzuto Aldo

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Within the European Power Plant Conceptual Study (PPCS) four fusion power plant 'models' have been developed. Two of these models were developed considering limited extrapolations both in physics and in technology. For the two other models, advanced physics scenarios have been identified and combined with advanced blanket concepts that allow higher thermodynamic efficiencies of the power conversion systems. For all the PPCS models, systems analyses were used to integrate the plasma physics and technology constraints to produce self-consistent plant parameter sets. The broad features of the conclusions of previous studies on safety, environmental impact and economics have been confirmed for the new models and demonstrated with increased confidence. The PPCS also helps in the definition of the objectives and in the identification of the design drivers of DEMO, i.e. the device between the next step (ITER) and a first-of-a-kind reactor. These will constitute the basis of the European DEMO Conceptual Study that has recently started. © 2005 David Maisonnier. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1123 - 1130
Number of pages8
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number8-14 PART B
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Maisonnier, D., Cook, I., Pierre, S., Lorenzo, B., Luigi, D. P., Luciano, G., ... Aldo, P. (2006). DEMO and fusion power plant conceptual studies in Europe. Fusion Engineering and Design, 81(8-14 PART B), 1123 - 1130.