Superconductors for fusion: A roadmap

Neil Mitchell*, Jinxing Zheng, Christian Vorpahl, Valentina Corato, Charlie Sanabria, Michael Segal, Brandon Sorbom, Robert Slade, Greg Brittles, Rod Bateman, Yasuyuki Miyoshi, Nobuya Banno, Kazuyoshi Saito, Anna Kario, Herman ten Kate, Pierluigi Bruzzone, Rainer Wesche, Thierry Schild, Nikolay Bykovskiy, Alexey DudarevMatthias Mentink, Franco Julio Mangiarotti, Kamil Sedlak, David Evans, Danko C. van der Laan, Jeremy D. Weiss, Min Liao, Gen Liu

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Abstract

With the first tokamak designed for full nuclear operation now well into final assembly (ITER), and a major new research tokamak starting commissioning (JT60SA), nuclear fusion is becoming a mainstream potential energy source for the future. A critical part of the viability of magnetic confinement for fusion is superconductor technology. The experience gained and lessons learned in the application of this technology to ITER and JT60SA, together with new and improved superconducting materials, is opening multiple routes to commercial fusion reactors. The objective of this roadmap is, through a series of short articles, to outline some of these routes and the materials/technologies that go with them.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103001
JournalSuperconductor science and technology
Volume34
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • fusion
  • fusion power
  • superconducting magnets
  • superconducting materials
  • superconductor technology
  • superconductors
  • energy

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