The Hungarian Fusion Technology Platform was established with the participation of 15 members. Founded by three research institutes, one university and 11 industrial enterprises, the aim is to better coordinate fusion energy research, to increase the participation of Hungarian industry, and to promote domestic innovation. The platform is coordinated by the Wigner Research Centre for Physics. The inaugural meeting took place on March 29 at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics.

International cooperation and Hungarian participation led by the Wigner Research Centre for Physics

Fusion power generation produces virtually unlimited energy in a sustainable manner, similar to processes in the Sun, without producing either greenhouse gases or long-lived radioactive waste. Research is being conducted in high-tech large-scale equipment around the world to create the necessary extreme conditions and technologies. Of these, the ITER experiment in France, should be highlighted. based on the cooperation of 7 partners (EU, India, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, USA). ITER is one of the largest scientific project in the world. In the European Union, fusion research and development is carried out in close cooperation between the Member States in the Eurofusion consortium, making Europe’s fusion research program the largest in the world. Hungary is involved in the European fusion research through the Wigner Research Centre for Physics.

World-renowned Hungarian developments

There is significant Hungarian involvement in the work on large fusion equipments, most notably on the German stellarator W7-X, which is the largest such device in the world. This is where Wigner researchers and engineers have developed an intelligent camera system of 10 cameras and a beam emission spectroscopy system, all of which are Hungarian innovations. Hungarian and international research teams are working on Hungarian-developed diagnostics equipments on the world’s largest tokamak, JET and other European equipments, as well as on Far Eastern equipments such as KSTAR in South Korea or EAST in China. The camera system, which will be the first European diagnostic on the upcoming EU-Japan Tokamak experiment JT-60SA, is currently being developed at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics.

From basic research to innovation

Fusion research is an area where basic research, engineering development, and industrial realization are all interdependent and closely intertwined. Accordingly, in Hungary, the research institutes, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and several companies also carry out activities ranging from the theoretical modeling of plasma physics to the manufacturing of equipments. Over the past 15 years, Hungary has generated more revenue from foreign grants and industrial orders than the country invested in research. MMTP aims to move beyond existing funds through a closer relationship between research and industry.

Founding members of the Hungarian Fusion Technology Platform (MMTP):

Further information:

Tamás Szabolics, Wigner Research Centre for Physics
Mobile.: +36 30 388 6770
E-mail: szabolics.tamas@wigner.mta.hu

Dr. Sándor Zoletnik, Wigner Research Centre for Physics
Mobile.: +36 30 849 8069
E-mail: zoletnik.sandor@wigner.mta.hu

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