DEMO Design Activities in Europe

DEMO Design Activities in Europe


  • Fabio Cismondi, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Munich
August 3, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm


As part of the Roadmap to Fusion Electricity Horizon 2020, in 2014 Europe initiated a design study of a DEMOnstration Fusion Reactor (DEMO) with the goal of generating electricity by the middle of the century. The roadmap emphasizes ITER as the crucial mechanism on which the validation of the DEMO physics and part of the technology basis depends. DEMO design activity is proceeding in parallel with ITER exploitation but relies on a progressive flow of input from ITER for design and physics basis validation before DEMO construction can be authorized. The breeding blanket is the most important and novel part of DEMO, but because of its numerous remaining uncertainties and feasibility concerns, selection of the DEMO breeding blanket now is premature. This lecture will provide an overview of the European roadmap for the design and construction of DEMO, along with the European DEMO design features, and of the different options being studied for the breeding blanket.

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About the Speaker:

Fabio Cismondi graduated as a nuclear engineer from the Polytechnic School of Torino (Italy) and obtained his doctoral degree at CEA Cadarache and the University of Toulon and Var (France) in optics, image treatment, and processing. He worked at CEA Cadarache (France) and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Germany) in the areas of nondestructive examination and design of plasma-facing components for nuclear fusion devices. He also supported design and analyses of test blanket modules for the ITER experimental reactor and breeding blankets for the DEMO power plant. Dr. Cismondi also worked in fusion for energy in Barcelona (Spain) as the responsible officer for procurement of electron cyclotron power sources for ITER. He currently works at KIT as the responsible officer for the breeding blanket and tritium cycle work packages and where he manages in-vessel components integration for the European DEMO design.

Sponsoring Organization 

Organization: Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate


  • Weinberg Auditorium
  • Building: 4500N
  • Room: I136

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