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Press release: ITER Neutral Beam Test Facility receives a new component

Inside the clean room workshop of De Pretto Industrie (Vincenza) a team of technicians is inspecting the large stainless steel vessel. The vessel has passed successfully the Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) proving it is leak tight. It will house the beam source of MITICA – a testbed which will allow industry to manufacture for the first time a real-size Neutral Beam Injector (NBI) according to ITER specifications, and give the opportunity to physicists and engineers to monitor its performance before the “real” component is produced to operate in ITER.

Press Release: Europe starts manufacturing the ITER Pre-Compression Rings

The F4E team is carrying out a routine inspection at CNIM (La Seyne sur Mer) before the machines are switched on to start fabricating the ITER Pre-Compression Rings (PCRs). The raw material to be used –pultrude laminate— comes from Exel, a company based in Finland. This is a genuinely European collaboration connecting north and south. The workforces have been briefed. Their mission is to produce all of the nine PCRs (six plus three spare). The prototypes produced by CNIM have responded well to the demanding tests they had to go through. Now is the time to start the production of the ITER PCRs which will be installed in the machine.

Press Release: GENROBOT- the software that Europe will use in its share of ITER Remote Handling systems

Teams from Europe and Japan are working relentlessly with companies and laboratories to design and manufacture the pieces of equipment that will allow us to perform these tasks. Man-in-the-loop robotics such as manipulators, movers, cranes and actuators will be deployed to work with extreme precision.

Press Release: Chairman of European Parliament Budget Committee visits the ITER Site

Jean Arthuis, Chairman of the Budget Committee of the European Parliament visited the ITER site on 1 February 2019. The French MEP, and former Minister of National Economy and Finance, was welcomed on the site by Bernard Bigot, ITER Director-General, Johannes Schwemmer, F4E Director, and Jan Panek, Head of the ITER unit at European Commission´s Directorate-General for Energy.

Press Release: ITER Remote Handling experts discuss mix of technologies to cope with radiation

The engineers involved in ITER’s Remote Handling system face several challenges: first, they have to develop some of the most futuristic pieces of equipment that will operate using virtual reality and man-in-the-loop robotics; second, although ITER is by far the biggest fusion device, space is an issue because there is a lot of tooling which needs to be neatly installed; third, due to the levels of radiation in the machine, all maintenance needs to be carried out remotely and the equipment needs to fit for this environment; and last but not least, this is a community of experts entering unchartered territory. Nothing like this has been tried before.

Press Release: Ions to travel through 8960 holes at top energy

The prospect of beating all previous records by delivering a piece of equipment that will push forward R&D is on its own enticing enough to get involved in a project. If one gets to be a pioneer but also has the opportunity to acquire know-how which could yield substantial benefits the temptation is even greater. Take for instance the beam source for MITICA, the second experiment of the prestigious ITER Neutral Beam Test Facility, which will help us to fine-tune key fusion technologies. It’s an invitation to make history in the field of negative ion beams.

Press Release: Fusion makes its introduction in COP24

“Climate Change – The New Economy” is the key publication for COP as it provides the stage for world leaders, government and NGO representatives to present their vision, as well as for scientists, experts and companies to offer technological solutions for the future. The publication is released a few weeks before the conference. In this year’s edition, Johannes Schwemmer, F4E Director,  advocates in favour of fusion as an “abundant, safe and sustainable energy for the future”, underlines the importance of ITER as “an essential step to binging the power of the sun to earth”, and highlights the role of the EU in the quest for fusion energy.

Press Release: Let’s pump that gas from the ITER tokamak

When ITER is operational the gases resulting from the fusion reaction will be pumped with the help of six cryopumps from the lower part of the torus to the roughing system, and two from the cryostat of the machine. The cryopumps, which measure 3.4 x 1.8 m and weigh about 7.8 t will be identical for both systems. In essence, they will pump gases by absorption on charcoal coated cryopanels at 4.5 K and subsequently will treat them in a closed circuit as part of the fuel cycle.

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