Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

The research conducted at IPP is concerned with investigating the physical basis of a fusion power plant, which, like the sun, is to generate energy from fusion of atomic nuclei.

With its workforce of approx. 1,100 Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching and Greifswald is one of the largest fusion research centres in Europe: In Garching, IPP is operating the tokamak ASDEX Upgrade. The Wendelstein 7-X stellarator is being investigated at the Greifswald Branch Institute of IPP.

Ten scientific divisions in Garching and Greifswald are investigating the confinement of high-temperature hydrogen plasmas in magnetic fields, heating of plasmas, plasma diagnostics, magnetic field technology, data acquisition and processing, plasma control, plasma theory, materials research, and plasma-wall interaction.

IPP is an institute of the Max Planck Society. It is associated to the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and is a member of the European Fusion Programme. The later has been organised, since the end of 2014, as the EUROfusion consortium (European Consortium for the Development of Fusion Energy) comprising 30 fusion centres from 26 member states of the European Union, in Switzerland and Ukraine. It is coordinated by IPP at Garching. Here IPP also hosts the Programme Management Unit of EUROfusion.

The funding of IPP in 2019 amounted to about 130 million euros, shared by the Federal Government (75 per cent), the states of Bavaria and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (4 per cent each), and the European Union (16 per cent) through EUROfusion. Third parties also contributed one per cent.

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