Fusion - Stellarator Research

The focus of the topic is the exploitation of Wendelstein 7-X and the assessment of its prospects for a fusion power plant. After highly successful initial operation campaigns the completion of the device with actively cooled in-vessel components and plasma target design for heat load up to 10 MW/m2 has just started. This upgrade is the central element in preparing the device for high performance steady-state plasma operation. The final goal is to show that the optimized magnetic field configuration is characterized by the required confinement and stability properties for a power plant.