Technology Collaboration Programme on Tokamak Programmes (CTP TCP)

Disclaimer

The CTP TCP also known as the Technology Collaboration Programme on Co-operation on Tokamak Programmes, functions within a framework created by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Views, findings and publications of the CTP TCP do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or of all of its individual member countries

Objective

The objective of this Agreement is to advance toroidal physics and plasma technologies by strengthening cooperation among tokamak programmes, to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of the research and development effort related to the development of the tokamak fusion concept, to contribute to and extend the scientific and technology database of toroidal confinement concepts, and to provide a scientific and technological basis for the successful development of fusion power.

Research activities

The programme consists of scientist exchanges and workshops designed to share information on advances in the following areas:

  • Experimental programme plans for the tokamak facilities
  • Design and planning of experiments to contribute to the database for the next-generation tokamak devices including, but not limited to, support of activities identified by the International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA)
  • Experimental, theoretical and technical studies


News


New members

  • 16 January 2013 : Participation of ITER China Domestic Agency (CNDA) as a Contracting Party in the CTP IA IA became effective as of 16 January 2013.
  • 20 October 2012 : Participation of ITER as a Contracting Party in the CTP IA IA became effective as of 20 October 2012.
  • 26 April 2011 : The participation of the Institute for Plasma Research, India, in this Agreement became effective as of 11 April 2011.

Requests for extension

Objectives and Scope

(Implementing Agreement)


  1. Objective. The objective of this Agreement is to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of the research and development effort related to the development of the tokamak fusion concept by strengthening cooperation on the Large Tokamak Facilities, and thus to provide a scientific and technological basis for the further development of the tokamak concept.
  2. Activity Co-ordination and Co-operation. The Contracting Parties shall cooperate in co-ordinating the work of the various activities specified in paragraph (c) below and shall endeavor, on the basis of an appropriate sharing of burdens and benefits, to encourage co-operation among the Contracting Parties engaged in the various activities with the objective of advancing the Large Tokamak research and development activities for all Contracting Parties.
  3. Means. The Programme to be carried out by the Contracting Parties within the framework of this Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the "Programme") shall include:
    1. Exchanges of information between the Contracting Parties in the following areas:
      1. Experimental programme plans for the Large Tokamak Facilities;
      2. Design and planning of experiments on the Large Tokamaks to contribute to the data base for the next-generation tokamak devices;
      3. Experimental, theoretical and technical studies in:
        1. Plasma equilibrium and stability;
        2. Energy and particle transport;
        3. Plasma heating;
        4. Plasma-wall interaction;
        5. Deuterium-tritium burning;
        6. Plasma current drive;
        7. Plasma fueling;
        8. Plasma diagnostics;
        9. Other areas as mutually agreed;
      4. Management and operation of facilities related to:
        1. Operating procedures;
        2. Maintenance procedures;
        3. Safety rules;
        4. Inventory control;
        5. Documentation procedures;
        6. Control and management of operating records;
        7. Computer control systems;
        8. Other areas as mutually agreed;
    2. Assignment of scientists, engineers and other technical experts, as provided in Article 5 below, to work at the facilities of the other Contracting Parties in the areas of tokamak physics, systems engineering and project management, in accordance with agreements between the assigning Contracting Party and the Contracting Party which is responsible for the hosting facility;
    3. Conduct of selected workshops in the areas referred to in paragraph (1) above.

Reports to IEA


Ongoing monitoring and reporting

In 2016 the CERT established the Communications Framework. The Communications Framework is designed to enhance the dialogue between the TCPs, the Working Parties (i.e. FPCC) and the CERT.

The Communications Framework comprises three elements:

  • Annual Briefing (see below)
  • Strategic Communication: notional list of topics to be addressed in the next term
  • Status Update: in–person presentation to the CERT once per term
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Annual Briefings and Annual Reports (each year, January-December)

Beginning in 2016 the TCP is to submit Annual Briefings (short highlights – see outline here) [add a URL and include the information from the attached document].

Annual Reports may also be submitted (more details – see outline here) [add URL].

Request for extension (at the end of each term or every five years)

Beginning in 2016 the CERT revised the process and requirements for the Request for Extension (RfE) to include submission of three elements (Supporting Documentation) two months before the end of term date:

The IEA Secretariat will provide templates to the TCP and establish a timeline for submission.

Executive Committee members


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Duarte Borba

(EU)

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Luo Delong

(China)

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Tony Donné

(EU)

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Lars-Göran Eriksson

(EU)

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Ambrogio Fasoli

(EU)

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Chuck Greenfield

(US)

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David Hill

(US)

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Shunsuke Ide

(JP)

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R. Jha

(IN)

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He Kaihui

(China)

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Yutaka Kamada

(JP)

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Stan Kaye

(US)

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Jin-Yong Kim

(KO)

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Jong-Gu Kwak

(KO)

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Xavier Litaudon

(EU)

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Tim Luce

(ITER)

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Rajesh Maingi

(US)

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John Mandrekas

(US)

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Yeong-Kook Oh

(KO)

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Naoyuki Oyama

(JP)

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Richard Pitts

(ITER)

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Kouji Shinohara

(JP)

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Min Wang

(China)

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Min Xu

(China)

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Siwoo Yoon

(KO)

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Ge Zhuang

(China)

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Management and IEA Secretariat


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Dr. Tony Donné

Excutive Committee Chair (elected March 2017 – 29 February 2020)

EUROfusion Senior Advisor to the Programme Manager

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Dr. Duarte Borba

Excutive Committee Secretary

EUROfusion Senior Advisor to the Programme Manager

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Carrie Pottinger

IEA Secretariat

Programme Manager, Technology, Research and Development Networks, IEA

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The IEA Energy Technology Network (ETN) is comprised of the Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT), its Working Parties (WPs) and Expert Groups, as well as the Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs). At the direction of the Governing Board, the CERT Comprised of senior experts from IEA member governments, the Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT) considers effective energy technology and policies to improve energy security, encourage environmental protection and maintain economic growth. Under the guidance of the IEA Governing Board, the CERT oversees the technology forecasting, analyses and the research, development, demonstration and deployment strategies of the IEA Secretariat, notably through its technology flagship publication, Energy Technology Perspectives, and the series of energy technology roadmaps. The CERT also provides guidance to its working parties and experts' groups to examine topics that address current energy technology, or technology policy, issues. The CERT is supported by four Working Parties:

Each Working Party coordinates the research activities of relevant TCPs. The CERT directly oversees TCPs of a cross-cutting nature.

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The IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) are international groups of experts from government and private sector to lead programmes and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues. The first TCP was created in 1975. Today there are 38 TCPs in operation with over 6000 experts from around 300 public and private-sector organisations from over 50 countries. The term TCP indicates the collaborative programmes under the IEA Framework for International Technology Co-operation. Each TCP is formally organised under the mechanism of an “Implementing Agreement”, which is also the term used to describe the legal text of a TCP. TCP activities and programmes are managed and financed by the participants. To learn more about TCPs, please consult the short promotional film, the Frequently Asked Questions brochure or the IEA website www.iea.org/tcp.

ABOUT THE CTP TCP

The activities of the TCP on Tokamak Programmes (CTP TC) are coordinated by the Fusion Power Co-ordinating Committee (FPCC). Views, findings and publications of the CTP TCP do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or of its individual member countries.