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Published on 15 November 2017

The China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is the next device in the roadmap for the realization of fusion energy in China, which aims to bridge the gaps between the fusion experimental reactor ITER and the demonstration reactor (DEMO).

CFETR will be operated in two phases. Steady-state operation and tritium self-sufficiency will be the two key issues for Phase I with a modest fusion power of up to 200 MW. Burning plasma physics together with R&D (e.g., high magnetic fields, additional plasma heating systems relevant to reactor-grade devices) will be developed for achieving steady-state advanced operation. Phase II aims for DEMO validation with a fusion power over 1 GW.

A series of research activities for CFETR project were launched so far in terms of physics design, magnet system, vacuum vessel, tritium-related issues and remote handling. The concept design was completed in 2015.