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Friday, 4th December 2015

Fusion for Energy Highlights 2014: the Main Achievements

Source: Fusion for Energy (EU)

From Background:

The European Union is the largest energy importer in the world.
It is estimated that 53% of its energy supply comes from abroad at a cost of around 400 billion EUR. Approximately 1 trillion EUR needs to be invested into our energy sector by 2020 so that we meet the needs of generation, transport and distribution. The way we plan to address this field of strategic importance will have tremendous implications on the way we live, prosper and innovate.

A diversified, sustainable energy mix is high on the agenda in order to fight climate change. We need to use our fuel resources in an optimal manner and start becoming self-sufficient. We need vision in order to take into consideration the contribution of fusion energy in a few decades from now. The fuels needed for fusion are widely available and virtually inexhaustible. With fusion there are neither greenhouse gas emissions nor long-lasting radioactive waste. Furthermore fusion reactors, which should be capable of generating large amounts of electricity, are intrinsically safe with no risk of a chain reaction.

Fusion for Energy (F4E) is the European Union organisation managing Europe’s contribution to ITER, the biggest international collaboration in the field of energy that will demonstrate the viability of fusion. The project brings together half of the world’s population (China, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and US) and represents 80% of the global GDP.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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