Fusion Energy Materials Science – Coordination Action

Acronym: FEMaS-CA
Title: Fusion Energy Materials Science – Coordination Action
Status: Active
Funding Organization: European Union


Coordinator of Sub-project WP3 “Neutron based methods”
Leader in charge: K. Mergia
Start Date: 1/10/2008
Duration: 36 months


Summary Fusion Energy production offers vital advantages as no carbon emission, no air pollution, unlimited fuel, and it is intrinsically safe. ITER, being built in France by an International Consortium, is a large-scale scientific experiment that aims to demonstrate that it is possible to produce commercial energy from fusion.Thus, the development of fusion energy is at a stage where the capabilities of materials will be dictating the further progress and the time scale for the attainment of fusion power. The “Fusion Energy Materials Science”project overarching objective is the creation of a European research environment in which fusion materials Science for the realization of fusion power can be carried out with optimum effect. 

To enforce this objective, the goals of the project are:

  • Use of advanced material characterization methods available at Large Scale Facilities, such as Synchrotron and Neutron Sources, irradiation facilities, state of the art electron microscopy centers and advanced mechanical testing centers.
  • Development of a strong European network involving Institutions and Large Scale Facilities outside of the present European Fusion Programme.
  • Development of multilateral collaborative activities.
  • Contribution to the formation of lasting and efficient European structure for fusion materials and development in close collaboration with the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA).