11th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology Meets in Spain
September 20, 2013 • 10:00AM

Over 500 of the world's top fusion energy scientists and engineers have been meeting all week in Barcelona, Spain, under the auspices of the 11th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT). Such symposiums have been held every two-three years in different nations since 1988 (the first was in Japan), with the goal of fostering collaboration among scientists and engineers working on fusion power development, be it in the scientific and technical disciplines or in the area of materials, engineering, and development of fusion nuclear components.

The ISFNT in Barcelona, Spain. September 16-20th.

The Spanish hosts of this year's conference announced that "the symposium focuses on both near-term fusion devices and long-term reactor technologies with special attention to science, engineering, experiments, facilities, modeling, analysis, design and safety." The program included presentations by leading scientists involved in fusion research in South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, India, the United States, and Europe, as well as the leaders of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project. An Industrial Exhibition, an Industrial Forum focused on ITER itself, and satellite meetings and workshops on ceramic breeder blankets, beryllium technology, and liquid breeders blankets accompany the symposium.

Little news from the symposium discussions has been reported in the media so far, except that Osuma Motojima, who heads the ITER project, reported there that, as of now, the ITER will not begin functioning as planned in 2020, but rather sometime around 2023. While the complexities of such an international project were cited (Europe as host is paying for 45% and the rest is shared equally among the U.S., Russia, Japan, India, and China), the decisive factor in how quickly fusion power can be developed and brought into general use is a political one.

In remarks Thursday evening, Lyndon LaRouche emphasized, "if you don't have thermonuclear power in your future perspective, mankind has no future!" Mr. LaRouche also emphasized that since his involvement with the Fusion Energy Foundation in the 1970s, there has been an increase in the dissipation in the concentration of intellectual and financial resources for the needed breakthroughs in fusion technology, globally. A major initiative has recently been launched by Mr. LaRouche and the LPAC Basement Team to reinvigorate the necessary international dialogue to push forward a high-temperature, fusion-based economic paradigm shift on the planet with a report titled, "Nuclear NAWAPA XXI: Gateway to the Fusion Economy."