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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…

Press Release: ITER shines bright as a future energy at the World EXPO 2017

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 grounds designed to host over two million people during the coming three months. The theme of this year’s event is “Future Energy” – a topic which clearly resonates with the ITER project and the work of F4E. Full article…

Press Release: European Commission presents a Communication on the revised schedule and budget estimates for the European contribution to ITER

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 in close collaboration with the other countries who are part of ITER – the US, Russia, China, India, Japan, and Korea. The European contribution, channelled through Fusion for Energy, represents 45% of the construction costs of the project (the share will be less once it is in operation). Full article…

Press Release: Europe has manufactured the most high-tech magnet in history!

“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.”

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Press Release: King and Queen of Spain learn more about the JT-60SA and IFMIF/EVEDA projects

“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.”

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Press Release: The manufacturing of the ITER Poloidal Field coils has started

“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”

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