The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold the Fifth IAEA DEMO Programme Workshop (DPW-5) from
7 to 10 May 2018 in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. The workshop will be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea through the National Fusion Research Institute. Previous workshops in the series were held in Los Angeles (2012), Vienna (2013), Hefei (2015) and Karlsruhe (2016).
With the construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the worldwide magnetic fusion programme has begun a transition from a fusion science activity to one aimed at producing fusion energy on an industrial, power plant scale. This is driving an increased emphasis on a fusion technology programme which, along with ITER and accompanying research, will bring fusion as a power source within our reach. While internationally there is no agreement on a single roadmap to fusion, the science and technology issues to be resolved for fusion power to become a reality are broadly agreed. Resolving these issues and understanding the options for next-step fusion nuclear facilities are of common interest, even if the emphases and priorities vary from nation to nation. Thus, there is substantial scope to add value to the programme by international cooperation. Against this backdrop, the IAEA has established a series of annual Demonstration Fusion Power Plant (DEMO) Programme Workshops to facilitate international collaboration on defining and coordinating DEMO programme activities.
The main purpose of this fifth workshop in the series is to discuss a subset of key DEMO scientific and technical issues with the aim of defining the facilities and programme activities that can lead to their resolution. The workshop output, to be documented in summary presentations and a report to the IAEA and subsequent journal publication, will be information that could be used by any party as input for the planning of activities on the path to a DEMO facility. Opportunities to make greater progress through international collaboration will be identified, ideally leading to coordination or joint work where beneficial. To promote continuity in the workshop series, participants will propose the set of topics for the next workshop(s) in the series, considering the status, expected progress and need for international discussion regarding the various DEMO issues.