The International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility – Demo Oriented NEutron Source (IFMIF-DONES) is a single-sited novel Research Infrastructure for testing, validation and qualification of the materials to be used in fusion power plants.

The original IFMIF project started in 1994 as an international scientific research program, carried out by Japan, the European Union, the United States, and Russia under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Since 2007, it has been pursued by Japan and the European Union under the Broader Approach Agreement in the field of fusion energy research, through the IFMIF/EVEDA (IFMIF Engineering Validation and Engineering Design Activities) project, which conducts engineering validation and engineering design activities for IFMIF, including IFMIF engineering design, Validation Activities of the Lithium Loop System, Validation Activities of the Irradiation Area System, Validation Activities of the Accelerator System that is still on-going with the design and testing of the LIPAc prototype for the low energy section (9 MeV) of the IFMIF deuteron accelerator.

Within the steps for implementation, EUROfusion and Fusion for Energy (F4E) started in 2015 a process to develop the engineering design of DONES and to identify possible EU sites to host the facility. In December 2017, F4E positively evaluated the joint Spain-Croatia proposal to site DONES in Granada, Spain.

The DONES Preparatory Phase Project (DONES-PreP) started in September 2019 with the initial steps for the construction of the civil engineering infrastructure. Intense international activity is sought in order to benefit from the final results of the Broader Approach Agreement and to establish the broadest international collaboration in the design and construction of the DONES

This content has been elaborated by the DONES Preparatory Phase project. This project has received funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018 under grant agreement No 870186. The information herein reflects only the author’s view and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of it.