Belgian Nuclear Society

Dear BNS Member, Dear Visitor,

ITER, a key step towards Fusion Power” is the topic of the upcoming BNS Evening Lecture, taking place on Thursday June 25 in Brussels. Fusion is the alternative way of producing energy from the nucleus. It is also the one powering the sun and the stars of the Universe. Moreover, fusion presents several advantages for producing energy: the fuel is abundant and almost inexhaustible, the facilities produce no greenhouse gases, the produced radioactive waste are short lived and controllable, and the system is intrinsically safe as only few grams of fuel are present in the machine at any time, just enough to continue the reaction for a few seconds.

Harnessing this energy source has been an objective of the scientists since the beginning of the nuclear energy development. Nevertheless, generating and controlling fusion on Earth is an incredible challenge! One has to obtain the highest temperatures ever reached on our planet (about 150 million degree Celsius), and this in a rather important volume!

The international scientific community has decided to build ITER (“the way”); the first fusion machine able to produce more power than the one which is injected to let the reaction run. And this objective is ambitious: at least 10 times as much power as injected, with a target maximum fusion power of 500 MW.

The BNS has invited Dr. Jérôme Pamela, Director of ITERFrance and Chairman of the Eurofusion Consortium, to present the status and perspectives of ITER and of the fusion power.

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Roger Schène, Chairman of the Belgian Nuclear Society

The Fukushima accident and its multiple consequences created a significant and renewed interest among the population to better understand nuclear sciences and applications, their associated risks and their potential future developments. Our mission at the BNS is to try to give you access to a set of information as complete and as diversified as possible about various aspects of peaceful applications of Nuclear Energy.

We are willing to provide detailed relevant scientific information for nuclear specialists from Belgium industries, universities and research centers but also to the public including schools, teachers, researchers which have their own question marks about nuclear applications and nuclear sciences in general. As you know, nuclear sciences are very broad and include already many applications as well as many ongoing developments full of hope for many medical domains. Nuclear sciences include obviously but are not limited to design, construction and operation of nuclear plants.

The Belgian Nuclear Society has an important role to play today: from expressing thoughts to writing papers and organizing lectures and conferences. Our monthly Evening Lectures contribute to create a dialogue between experts and the public. This allows for having a direct contact with some of our best nuclear Belgian experts and raising the questions you might have. You will find more information on the upcoming Evening Lectures in the Activities section of our website.

Thank you for your visit and do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions related to nuclear sciences.