Concurrently with the accomplishment of the Intermediate Engineering Design report of IFMIF
, the installation of the Linear IFMIF
Prototype Accelerator has now started in Rokkasho, Japan.
In the future IFMIF
plant, whose location has not yet been decided, two coupled accelerators will each deliver a deuteron (deuterium ion) beam of 125 mA at 40 MeV in continuous wave to a lithium loop.
At Rokkasho, Japan, an IFMIF
team consisting of about 20 people (soon to be 40) seconded from Japan, France, Italy, Germany and Spain have been coordinating the detailed design activities taking place in many European and Japanese institutes.
This will involve the construction of a trial installation, IFMIF
(international installation for the irradiation of materials destined for fusion).
It says that if ITER is built in Europe, then it is unlikely that IFMIF
would be in Europe, in which case they estimate the European contribution to IFMIF
to be around 15-20 million Euro per year over ten years.
It notes a series of key decisions, including a 2008 decision needed to construct an International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF
In parallel with ITER, the group recommended the construction of an International Fusion Material Irradiation Facility (IFMIF
) "to provide solutions for a sustainable, environmentally benign and economically attractive energy technology."
One thing is certain, at least: the "loser" will get the IFMIF
(International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility).