The six research fields (see Objectives) that will be covered by the FUSION-DC programme have been established to tackle the major remaining challenges for making fusion energy a reality:
- Reach the needed plasma temperature in a reliable and efficient way.
- Provide a high enough plasma pressure in order to achieve a sufficient reaction rate.
- Confine the plasma sufficiently so that energy production exceeds losses.
- Develop first wall materials that can sustain extreme temperatures as well as high fluxes of plasma and neutrals.
- Develop structural materials compatible with high neutron fluxes and a breeding blanket environment, while minimizing radioactive waste.
- Develop a safe and reliable fuel cycle.
- Develop diagnostic and control systems for reliable operation.