HiPER

HiPER, the European High Power laser Energy Research facility, is dedicated to demonstrating laser driver fusion as a future energy source.

Fusion energy will be a sustainable, environmentally clean power source using sea water as its principal source of duel. It will produce no greenhouse gases or long lived radioactive waste materials and will deliver energy security for the long term.

Demonstration of the scientific proof of principle for laser fusion is expected in the next couple of years at the National Ignition Facility in the USA. The HiPER project will drive the transition from scientific proof of principle to a demonstration power plant, capable of delivering electricity to the grid.

Key facts

Demonstration of the scientific proof of principle for laser fusion is expected in the next couple of years at the National Ignition Facility in the USA. The HiPER project will drive the transition from scientific proof of principle to a demonstration power plant, capable of delivering electricity to the grid.

As the Project moves from the concept stage to design, construction and operations, involvement of industry and technology transfer will naturally follow. Demonstration of the scientific proof of principle for laser fusion is expected in the next couple of years at the National Ignition Facility in the USA. The HiPER project will drive the transition from scientific proof of principle to a demonstration power plant, capable of delivering electricity to the grid.

Demonstration of the scientific proof of principle for laser fusion is expected in the next couple of years at the National Ignition Facility in the USA. The HiPER project will drive the transition from scientific proof of principle to a demonstration power plant, capable of delivering electricity to the grid.

Applications

The primary focus of HiPER is the development of fusion energy technology, but the facility will also be able to support a broad range of world class scientific research.

It will provide a ‘state of the art’ laser facility for Europe, enhancing existing high power single shot laser experimental capability provided by Orion and Vulcan (UK), Laser Mégajoule, LULI and PeTAL and Jenna (Germany).

Achievement of a functioning ‘high repetition rate’ laser of this energy allows more repetitive-type experiments to be undertaken much more quickly, giving access to a new and unexplored regime for science.

Fundamental Science on HiPER

Laser beam time on HiPER will enable research in hitherto unexplored regimes of super-high energy density physics and for the development of new processes and applications using the machine as an intense source of 14MeV neutrons, high energy ions, X and gamma-rays.

During the Technology Development Phase, prototypes, such as a laser beamline will be required, capable of delivering ~10kJ laser energy at a repetition rate in excess of 10Hz. This new capability will attract its own user community conducting new science and yielding new applications.

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