Socio-economic aspects of the deployment of fusion energy

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Introduction / mission

Fusion energy: Doable? Affordable? Desirable? 

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Fusion power, when it comes to the market in 2070 or so, will not be cheap; and the product it offers is sustainable electricity, which - if the world manages to meet the Paris transition goals - should by then be abundantly available

Organisational profile

We address the question if fusion energy, under the assumption that it is technically feasible, will be wanted when it is ready for deployment: what does it bring to the market that is not already available? And at what cost? Will it be economically competitive? What are the added values of fusion energy in an energy market that is already fully sustainable? How will the risk profile - large complex reactors, combining a high capital investment with large technological uncertainties and a long construction time - affect the deployment of fusion power? Who will buy the first generation of fusion power plants, which are not yet very good while very expensive? How will the long construction time affect the effectiveness of the innovation cycle? Will fusion energy cross the valley of death? 

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    Research Output

    • 13 Article
    • 4 Phd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)
    • 2 Conference contribution

    Development of the collective Thomson scattering diagnostic on Wendelstein 7-X: theory and application

    Abramovic, I., 24 Jun 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 103 p.

    Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Forward modeling of collective Thomson scattering for Wendelstein 7-X plasmas: Electrostatic approximation

    Wendelstein 7-X Team & Lopes Cardozo, N. J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Review of Scientific Instruments. 90, 2, 12 p., 023501.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Press / Media

    Jan de Boer new member of Executive Board Dutch Research Council

    Niek J. Lopes Cardozo


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Student theses


    Are droplet-impact and laser-ablation splashing commutable?

    Author: Hermens, J. C., May 2020

    Supervisor: Rindt, P. (Supervisor 1), Versolato, O. O. (External person) (External coach), Beckers, J. (Supervisor 2) & Lopes Cardozo, N. J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A systematic study of uncertainties facing nuclear fusion

    Author: Marechal, S. (., 2019

    Supervisor: Melese, Y. G. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Bachelor