The Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) collaboration will present a project implementation plan for construction of a 380 GeV e+e- linear collider for the European Strategy update by the end of 2018. The machine is upgradable in stages to 3 TeV. The CLIC concept is based on high-gradient normal-conducting accelerating structures operating at X-band (12 GHz) frequency.
We present the CLIC accelerator concept and the current status of the project. We report on high-power tests of X-band structures using test facilities across the collaboration, as well as CLIC system verification studies and the technical development of key components of the accelerator, in many cases with the goal of reducing the energy consumption and/or cost of the machine.
We will also summarise developments for application of the X-band technology to more compact accelerators for use e.g. as X-ray FELs and in medicine. A rapidly increasing number of installations are taking the technology in use opening up co-ordinated programmes for further industrial developments in the next phase of the project.