The clock is ticking for one of the most delicate steps in the fabrication process of the ITER Toroidal Field (TF) coils.
EUR 320m loan for investments in priority transport infrastructure represents the second tranche of an approved EUR 670m lending package.
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.
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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.
“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.
The third EU-Iran High-level Seminar on International Nuclear Co-operation: Achievements and Prospects was held in Brussels on 26-27 November 2018. The seminar provided a platform for follow-up of the two previous seminars, including fruitful high‑level exchanges on how to advance peaceful nuclear co-operation, as foreseen under Annex III of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which makes an essential contribution to the successful implementation of the overall JCPOA.