Concept drawing of HiPER

HiPER will demonstrate the feasibility of laser driven fusion as a future energy source and will investigate a broad range of new science in extreme conditions which cannot be produced elsewhere on earth (temperatures of hundreds of millions of degress, billion atmosphere pressures, and enormous electric and magnetic fields.

Following positive reviews form the EC in July 2007, the preparatory phase of the project will run from 2008 to 2011 and will coincide with the start of the experimental and technological validation programme on the PETAL laser. This will be followed by a detailed Definition and Design phase in 2011 with the construction phase envisaged to start in 2014 at the earliest.