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Press Release: All five European Vacuum Vessel sectors are under fabrication

The production of all five Vacuum Vessel sectors that Europe is producing for ITER is currently progressing well. This parallel production of such a large number of geometrically complex mechanical sectors in ITER grade stainless steel is in contrast to last year’s production of one sole sector and shows the commitment of F4E to the ITER project. Full article…

Press Release: Nine rings to cope with ITER’s powerful magnetic fields

ITER will rely on a sophisticated system of superconducting magnets consisting of the central solenoid, which can be described as its backbone; the correction coils, which will reduce the range of magnetic errors created by imperfections due to the location and geometry of other coils; six Poloidal Field coils responsible for the shape and stability of the plasma, and 18 Toroidal Field (TF) coils which will create a magnetic cage to entrap the hot gas. Full article…

Press Release: ITER’s Architect Engineer consortium receives “Industry and Technologies Consulting” award

On 19 October, the French Federation of Engineering Firms (Syntec- Engineering) celebrated the 11th edition of the national engineering awards in partnership with France’s Ministry of Ecology (Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire), the Directorate General for Enterprise, under the authority of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the group Moniteur. Full article…

Press Release: Europe delivers all of its cryogenic tanks to ITER

The last out of the 11 tanks that Europe is responsible to provide, as part of its contribution to ITER’s Cryoplant, has arrived. The successful delivery on–site of the gigantic pieces of equipment is considered an important milestone for F4E’s team of experts working in the fields of cryogenics and transport logistics.

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Press Release: F4E Director strengthens ties with Chinese ITER colleagues

“F4E’s Director, Johannes Schwemmer, accepted an invitation to visit the Chinese ITER Domestic Agency and two major fusion research organisations at the end of July. The status of EU ITER contributions contracted to China was also reviewed, and the visit served to improve the mutual understanding of the organisation of ITER work and explore areas for deeper collaboration in the future.”

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Press Release: F4E Director cuts the ribbon of ITER Poloidal Field coil feeder in ASIPP

The success of ITER lies on the good collaboration between the seven Parties striving to deliver fusion energy. Building a stronger and deeper partnership with all countries has been one of the key priorities set by Johannes Schwemmer, F4E Director, and during his recent visit to China he succeeded in establishing closer ties. Meetings with senior representatives from China’s ITER Domestic Agency, in order to discuss the overall progress of the project, combined with visits to key manufacturing facilities, have proven extremely informative and productive for both parties. Full article…

Press Release: Reinforcing the partnership with the Russian ITER Domestic Agency

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 the negative ion-based neutral beam plasma heating system under development. Full article…

Press Release: How will engineers maintain the components of the ITER Divertor?

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 ITER machine will need to be maintained and replaced. Europe will supply 104 of them because it is envisaged to replace the entire set with another one during ITER’s operation. How can one fix these bulky components without being physically present in the chamber of the machine? The answer lies in remote handling— the technical area that combines sophisticated human-in-the-loop robotics and tooling that will operate with extreme dexterity and milimetric accuracy. Full article…

Press Release: Importance of fusion to sustainable clean energy highlighted by several Governments during international energy ministerial conference

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 of the importance of fusion in their keynote speeches during the plenary ministerial dialogue, stressing how important fusion is in the energy mix and how it can contribute to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Full article…

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