The United States and the European Union will conduct joint research in fusion energy and non-nuclear energy.
BRUSSELS, Belgium, BE, 2001-05-17 <SolarAccess.com> U.S. Energy secretary Spencer Abraham and E.U. Commissioner for Research Philippe Busquin have signed an Implementing Arrangement in Non-Nuclear Science & Technology. It is the first major legally binding agency-to-agency agreement signed under the 1997 government-to-government S&T covering a wide range of potential cooperation in renewable energy, energy efficiency and fossil energy. The immediate focus is on fuel cell technology and carbon sequestration. “As our agencies begin this cooperation in non-nuclear science and technology under the 1997 Science & Technology Agreement, we embark on a whole new era of collaboration,” says Abraham. “This arrangement provides us with an opportunity to pursue alternatives to our mounting energy demands and help secure our needs for the future.” Areas of cooperation may include fusion tokamaks, magnetic fusion energy technology, plasma theory and applied plasma physics. Under the agreement, the Department of Energy will contribute $1.3 million over two years to develop hardware for use at the Joint European Torus fusion device in Britain. The hardware will enable JET to enhance its performance and explore new areas of fusion science. The original umbrella fusion agreement was signed in 1986 to facilitate cooperation between the European Atomic Energy Community represented by the Commission of the European Communities and the U.S. Department of Energy.