China and Korea work together for the future of fusion

  The 3rd Joint Coordination Meeting (JCM-3) in fusion R&D and related areas between China and Korea took place in Xi'an, China from 13 to 14 August, 2015. 

  Gathering government officials, scientists and engineers from national research institutes, industries participating in ITER and the Chinese and Korean Domestic Agencies, the meeting was hosted by the Department of International Cooperation of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and ITER China, with support from Western Superconducting Technologies—a supplier of ITER China located in Xián.

  At the meeting, current status of the Chinese and Korean fusion programs was reviewed and reports from bilateral working groups on the collaborative activities of the previous year were presented. In 2014, China and Korea identified areas for collaboration, including tungsten wall/divertor and plasma-wall interaction; DEMO reactor design; lower hybrid current drive (LHCD) physics and technology; and ITER procurements including blanket shield blocks, AC/DC convertors and Test Blanket Modules.

  The next bilateral meeting will take place in August, 2016 in Korea.