HiPER, the European High Power laser Energy Research facility, is dedicated to demonstrating laser driven fusion as a future energy source.
Fusion energy will be a sustainable, environmentally clean power source using sea water as its principal source of fuel. It will produce no greenhouse gases or long-lived radioactive waste materials and will deliver energy security for the long term.
Demonstration of the scientific proof of principle for laser fusion is expected in the next couple of years at the National Ignition Facility in the USA. The HiPER Project will drive the transition from scientific proof of principle to a demonstration power plant, capable of delivering electricity to the grid.
While the primary mission of HiPER is energy, HiPER will also support a wide range of science research.