Spanish Government authorises funds for IFMIF-DONES Spanish candidacy in Granada

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The Council of Ministers has authorised the adjustment of the budgetary limits to fulfil the cost commitments derived from the agreement between the Ministry of Science and the Regional Government of Andalusia to establish the Consortium that will support Spain’s candidacy and the construction of the scientific infrastructure ‘International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility -Demo Oriented Neutron Source’ (IFMIF-DONES) and the management of R&D related projects.


Gerardo Cuerva, President of CEPYME, OnGranada Tech City, CGE and Cámara Granada

‘Entrepreneurs are certain that IFMIF-DONES is key for the future of Granada’

Gerardo Cuerva is President of the two main economic organisations in Granada, Confederation of Employers in Granada (CGE) and the Chamber of Commerce of Granada. Cuerva is also President of the IT and biotechnological cluster OnTech Innovation and President of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisation (CEPYME). Cuerva confirms in this interview that IFMIF-DONES is the most ambitious project Granada has been involved in ever: the particle accelerator will place Granada on the map of nuclear fusion and high-level scientific research. Also it will attract investment and talent related to R&D.


The DONES Experimental Environmental Station, the first scientific infrastructure of the project, is installed in Escúzar

The planned site for DONES, at Parque Metropolitano, Industrial y Tecnológico de Granada, in Escúzar, already has its first scientific infrastructure. The DONES-Escúzar Experimental Environmental Station is an automatic station observing weather variables in the subsoil, on the surface and in the first layers of the atmosphere. This facility will be devoted to build a history of on-site observations that will be of vital importance for the operation of DONES but also to support other research initiatives related to meteorology and climate in the region.

UGR and CIEMAT organise workshop for researchers to explore future collaboration in IFMIF-DONES

The first IFMIF-DONES workshop was celebrated last March 10, organised by CIEMAT and the University of Granada (UGR) in an online format. The aim was to explore future collaboration between the entities within the framework of the IFMIF-DONES Project.

Induciencia event tackles the future of fusion in Spain and the role of particle accelerator

Induciencia (a Spanish technological platform of science industry) celebrated last March 2 an event on the future of fusion in Spain. The IFMIF-DONES Project was one of the key points given its importance from a technological point of view, as a scientific research infrastructure that requires cutting edge technology.


Philippe Cara, IFMIF/EVEDA Project Leader

‘LIPAc validation is a challenge of the utmost importance in the decision-making process to mitigate the risks of the construction of DONES’

Philippe Cara, Project Leader of IFMIF/EVEDA, works at the forefront of the international race towards nuclear fusion. Mr Cara has led the Linear IFMIF Prototype Accelerator (LIPAc) in Rokkasho for three years, a key infrastructure for the construction of IFMIF-DONES. In this interview he analyzes the role of this scientific infrastructure in the race towards fusion. LIPAc infrastructure has an important role at least for the validation of the equipment to be manufactured, for the optimization of the reliability and for the definition the operation procedures required to run IFMIF-DONES.


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Anti-seism design of DONES

The activities of the design of DONES contemplate and include the implementation of analyses and solutions of seismic engineering conveniently adapted to the site where DONES will be built.

Escúzar, a place to live

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Feature of Escúzar, the town chosen for the construction of IFMIF-DONES if it is finally decided to be built in Europe. Its construction in the Metropolitan Park of Escúzar would boost the town economically and socially.



Certifying the suitability of materials for fusion

The fifth introductory article on nuclear fusion discusses the origin of IFMIF-DONES project and the role of IFMIF as an essential step in the development of fusion.



Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare

    The National Institute for Nuclear Physics is the Italian research agency dedicated to the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the laws that govern them, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. It conducts theoretical and experimental research in the fields of subnuclear, nuclear and astroparticle physics.

    Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion

    The Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion in Warsaw was established in 1976, and it is under control of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland. The IFPiLM carries out basic plasma physics studies and its implementation in the area of magnetic confinement fusion, inertial confinement fusion, and pulsed high power technology.

    Learn more about the IFMIF DONES project

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    This newsletter has been elaborated by the DONES Preparatory Phase project. This project has received funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018 under grant agreement No 870186. The information herein reflects only the author’s view and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of it.