Interview: Ángel Ibarra, Director of the IFMIF-DONES Consortium

‘The IFMIF-DONES Facility will have a gearing effect on research groups and technological companies’

The Director of the IFMIF-DONES Consortium, Ángel Ibarra, explains that the activities known as DONES Preparatory Phase project (DONES-PreP) have served to prepare and promote international discussion about IFMIF-DONES and prepare the grounds for an international agreement for the commissioning of the project.

The international scientific community has had a positive reaction given its strategic interest for the European scientific community. The IFMIF-DONES facility will have a gearing effect on research groups and companies working with technologies of interest for the project.



Interview: Belén del Cerro, ILO for ITER (F4E and ITER organisation) and other fusion projects at CDTI .

‘The Spanish industry sector is capable of assuming over 65 % of the construction of DONES’

Belén del Cerro highlights in this interview the appointment of CDTI as Industrial Liaison Officer by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation or focal point between companies interested in participating and Large Scientific Facilities. The main goal of the ILO is to maximize the technological and industrial return derived from Spain’s contribution in Large Scientific Facilities from not only a quantitative perspective but mainly from a qualitative perspective with significant contracts of technical excellence implemented in these scientific infrastructures by the national industry.

Del Cerro talks about the significant increase in the success of Spain’s industry of science participating in Large Scientific Facilities, standing out in critical and relevant technologies and assuming the leadership of large European industrial consortia in this sector.



IFMIF-DONES, a firm foundation for managing fusion energy

The progress made in the field of renewable energies makes achieving a sustainable energy model a well-founded hope. However, the most promising strategy with the greatest potential to be the energy source of the future is based on thermonuclear fusion. Once we have this inherently safe technology, whose fuel is virtually inexhaustible and with minimal environmental impact, humanity’s progress will gain new momentum.


Over €30 million in contracts for preparatory activities in IFMIF-DONES in 2022 and 2023

The Director of the IFMIF-DONES Consortium, Ángel Ibarra, and the Coordinator of the Technical Office of the accelerator, José Aguilar, presented the business opportunities and the development of the project at the event ‘IFMIF-DONES: Pensando en el futuro de Granada’. The particle accelerator is already generating business opportunities, and the speakers announced short-term public procurements (2022 and 2023), of preparatory projects for over €32 million.

IFMIF-DONES participates at innovation and entrepreneurship event

The IFMIF-DONES Consortium was present at an event on innovation and entrepreneurship organised by the Chamber of Commerce of Granada. The Consortium participated in the discussion panel about the reality and future of employment in the STEAM sector.

IFMIF-DONES, a necessary step in the development of fusion energy

The bilingual school Colegio Monaita received the Coordinator of the IFMIF-DONES Technical Office, José Aguilar, at its library, who gave a talk to the school’s students.

Webinar ‘Fusion: strategies, roadmaps and development programmes’ in the context of IFMIF-DONES organised by CDTI

The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology in Spain (CDTI) organised within the framework of the Big Science Business Forum 2022 the webinar ‘Fusion: strategies, roadmaps and development’. In this webinar a step ahead was taken in the identification of technologies that will drive different organisations’ future projects, analysing strategies for the future and research and development programmes, and how industry can get involved in early phases of development and implementation of fusion energy.

IFMIF-DONES, the necessary link

The Coordinator of the IFMIF-DONES Technical Office, José Aguilar Medina, participated in a conference organised at Centro Cultural Contemporáneo La Madraza. The Coordinator emphasized that this Project ‘is a necessary step in the path towards fusion power plants’, enabling the study of the materials in an environment similar to that of future reactors.

Antonio Peña presents IFMIF-DONES Project to Colegio Virgen de Gracia students

Antonio Peña, Director of the IFMIF-DONES Implementation Office (2017-December 2020) and current main co-researcher of the DONES Preparatory Phase Project at the University of Granada, visited students at Colegio Virgen de Gracia after almost 30 years.

During his visit, the researcher gave a talk to 80 secondary school students about energy, black holes and time travelling, as well as the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF).

Procurement opportunities in the IFMIF-DONES project presented to technological and construction companies

Technological and construction sectors learned about the economic impact of the scientific project IFMIF-DONES that will be built in Escúzar (Granada) at an event organised by the City Council of Málaga, through Promálaga, in collaboration with the IFMIF-DONES Consortium.

Professor Fernando Cornet presents IFMIF-DONES Project in Almuñécar

The Vice-Rector and Professor at the Department of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology of the University of Granada, Fernando Cornet Sánchez del Águila, presented the IFMIF-DONES Project at the Cultural Center of Almuñécar (Granada). The Vice-Rector informed about this technological initiative and its evolution and development.

IFMIF-DONES, much more than a particle accelerator

“Café con Ciencia” is an activity celebrated in Andalucía with the aim to organize different scientific gatherings with small groups of secondary school students and their teachers. These activities, which take place at universities, research centers and other public spaces, have the purpose of sharing experiences and bringing research closer to the younger sector of the population.

High level of participation and interesting scientific and technological contributions at the ICFRM-20 international conference, closed by Ángel Ibarra

The ICFRM-20, organized by CIEMAT and the University of Granada, concluded with a closing ceremony led by Dr. Angel Ibarra, the event’s General Chair and Director of the IFMIF-DONES Consortium, and accompanied by all the members of the Local Organizing Committees and the technical managers. At the end of the ceremony, it was announced that ICFRM-21 international conference will be held in October 2023 in Granada.

Director of the IFMIF-DONES Consortium meets President of the Chamber of Commerce and Confederation of Entrepreneurs Granada

The Director of the IFMIF-DONES Consortium, Ángel Ibarra, has met the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Granada and the Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Granada (CGE) to analyse the progress and roadmap of the large scientific infrastructure that Granada aspires to build.

IFMIF-DONES at the inauguration ceremony of the 20th edition of the International Conference on Fusion Reactor Materials (ICFRM-20)

The International Conference on Fusion Reactor Materials (ICFRM-20) initiated, after its inaugural session, its work sessions. This conference, with over 380 people registered, is the main forum for debate between experts on materials with applications to the future fusion energy power plants.

ICFRM-20 conference: Approaching fusion energy through materials technology

The 20th edition of the International Conference on Fusion Reactor Materials (ICFRM-20) was held online due to COVID-19 between October 24 and 29, 2021.

Director of IFMIF-DONES Consortium presents the project at SUSEN 2021 annual conference

The Conference SUSEN is the annual event organized by Research Centre Řež (Centrum výzkumu Řež s.r.o.). This year’s edition was focused on thermonuclear fusion.

EUROfusion CEO visits IFMIF-DONES site in Escúzar

The Programme Manager (CEO) of EUROfusion, Tony Donné, visited last October 7 the Metropolitan Park of Escúzar (Granada), the site where the future IFMIF-DONES particle accelerator will be built.

IFMIF-DONES Consortium distributes a handbook about accelerator physics at the Book Fair in Granada

How do accelerators work? What is a particle beam? How are particles accelerated? These are some of the questions addressed in the handbook ‘La física de los aceleradores a través de la física de la vida cotidiana y del Universo’, edited by CIEMAT and which the University of Granada handed out at its stand in the Book Fair in Granada between October 1 and 10.

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Spanish Nuclear Society hosts its Annual Meeting in Granada with IFMIF-DONES at its plenary session

The Spanish Nuclear Society (SNE) expressed its support to Granada’s candidacy as the site to build the IFMIF-DONES particle accelerator at its 46th Annual Meeting, celebrated in Granada. The event gathered over 700 experts and professionals in nuclear fusion and placed the spotlight on the scientific infrastructure, key in the race towards fusion energy.

Learn more about the IFMIF DONES project

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This newsletter has been elaborated by the DONES Preparatory Phase projet. This projet 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.