Europe has developed two types of TBMs that will be located at the 16th equatorial port of ITER. Each of them will consist mainly of steel box containing the tritium breeder, neutron multiplier materials as well as a series of heat extraction plates.
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Indrek Tarand, member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, and Vice-Chair of the Budgetary Control Committee, visited one of the biggest and busiest construction sites in Europe, and witnessed first-hand the significant progress of the ITER project.
A new clip takes you behind the scenes of the biggest international scientific collaboration in history—ITER. Europe, China, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the US are working together to bring the energy of the Sun to earth.
On 12 June F4E’s Director, Johannes Schwemmer, visited the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics (BINP) near Novosibirsk accompanied by the Head of Russia’s ITER Domestic Agency, Anatoly Krasilnikov. BINP is making some key ITER components including the “port plugs” which house diagnostic systems to measure ITER’s performance. The visit also provided an opportunity to see Full Article…
For the very first time, fusion energy was featured in the programme of the conference, highlighting the growing recognition of the important role it would be called upon to play in the sustainable energy mix of the future.
More tanks of the ITER Cryoplant departed from Fos-Sur-Mer, the industrial port of Marseille, and have been delivered to the construction site. The large pieces of equipment, measuring approximately 25 m, were stored in the facilities of the port until it was time to transport them to Cadarache.
One could try describing the ITER Divertor as a massive ashtray, consisting of 54 heavy metallic components known as “cassettes”, where the impurities of the fusion reaction will be driven to. These cassettes will take most of the heat from the super-hot plasma which will reach 150 million °C and during the lifetime of the Full Article…
Fusion is the only long-term sustainable base-load energy solution – this message came across during the ministerial conference entitled “Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy” which took place 11 June in Astana, Kazakhstan. The European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, and Alexander Novak, the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, both spoke Full Article…
One of the annual international events which has a long tradition of drawing attention to breakthrough innovative technologies, this year’s World Expo hosted in Astana, Kazakhstan, kicked off on 10 June and featured a futuristic glass-walled 80-metre-in-diameter central sphere surrounded by the nationally-themed pavilions of a 100 countries, the exhibits of ten international organizations, and Full Article…
On 14 June 2017, the European Commission adopted a communication presenting the revised schedule and budget estimates for European participation in the ITER project. A new baseline for the project plans the first experiments for 2025 and full power operation by 2035. Europe has played from the start a leading role in the project developed Full Article…
Europe’s final conductor has been wound in the ASG Superconductors facility, Italy, where F4E is manufacturing the 10 winding packs— the core of the TF coils.
ENSA (Equipos Nucleares S.A), as part of the AMW consortium, has achieved a key F4E milestone: the machining of two inner shell plates – the first pieces to be manufactured at ENSA – has been completed.
Europe’s final radial plate, which will house in its finely machined grooves the superconducting conductor of the ITER Toroidal Field coils (TF), has been manufactured. The contract signed between F4E and the consortium of SIMIC and CNIM for a value of 150 million EUR, has been successfully concluded.
“Europe will manufacture nine of them, plus one spare. The other nine will be fabricated in Japan. Fusion for Energy (F4E), the EU organisation managing Europe’s contribution to ITER, together with ASG Superconductors, Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción, Elytt Energy, CNIM, SIMIC and the ICAS consortium, have been collaborating for the production of these impressive magnets.”
“During their recent state visit to Japan, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain visited the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo where they attended presentations about the bilateral scientific and technological projects between Spain and Japan that are currently underway.”
“The team of engineers from F4E, ASG and CNIM, working in Europe’s industrial facility on the ITER site, and their colleagues in ASIPP, the Institute of Plasma Physics of China’s Academy of Sciences, have officially started manufacturing the Poloidal Field (PF) coils assigned to Europe for the biggest fusion device –ITER”
“On 27 April 2017, at its plenary sitting in Strasbourg, the European Parliament (EP) granted the discharge to F4E for the financial year 2015, with a two-third majority.”
“Fusion energy machines will require materials that can sustain the radiation coming from neutrons without presenting substantial degradation. The International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF), currently in its Engineering Validation and Engineering Design Activities (EVEDA) phase, is part of the Broader Approach Agreement signed between Europe and Japan.”
“F4E and ITER International Organization hail a historic moment as the construction site of biggest fusion device is successfully connected to France’s grid (RTE).”