Europe is responsible for the production of the nine Pre-Compression Rings (PCRs) which will absorb the fatigue and deformation felt by the ITER Toroidal Field (TF) coils. Three of them will be placed on top of the TF coils and another three below them. An extra set of three will be kept in reserve.
Today, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, will be in Germany to present the Commission’s long-term vision for a climate-neutral economy by 2050, adopted by the Commission last November.
An EU-funded project is improving the methodology and the tools required for rapid response to emergencies at nuclear power plants. Combined with a reference database of accident scenarios and a common methodology, these tools will enable emergency centres to better protect citizens.
On 6 June 2019, Big Science Sweden and Vinnova, Sweden’s governmental agency supporting innovation, organised an industrial day on ITER. The more than 60 participants consisted of representatives from government, academia and industry (such as Sandvik, Skanskska, ABB AB Energy Industries, and Smarter Electronic Systems), many of which already contribute to the European Spallation Source located in Lund.
The success of ITER depends on a strong partnership between Europe and the six other countries involved in the project. To this end, F4E Director, Johannes Schwemmer, has visited the United States in order to develop relationships, and exchange knowledge and experiences related to ITER with key U.S. contacts within the Department of Energy, U.S. ITER and U.S. fusion laboratories.
The teams of F4E and ASIPP (The Institute of Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) have every reason to be happy with the manufacturing progress of ITER’s sixth Poloidal Field coil (PF6)—they are only a few steps away from the finish line for this magnetic ring which has a 10 m diameter and a total weight of 400 t. The first of the six PF coils which will be part of ITER’s powerful magnetic system is almost ready.