Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 56 / Number 1 / July 2009 / Pages 3-12
Fusion Technology Plenary / Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1)
ITER is being built in Cadarache in the South of France and will be the world's largest experimental facility to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. Europe will contribute roughly half of the construction costs while the other six parties to this joint international venture (Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, India, and the United States), will contribute equally to the rest. Europe is involved in the procurement of most of the high-technology items e.g., parts of the superconducting toroidal and poloidal field coils, parts of the vacuum vessel and in-vessel components, parts of the remote handling systems, parts of the additional heating systems, parts of the tritium plant and cryoplant and finally parts of the diagnostics.
This paper provides an overview of the different EU contributions to the ITER project related both to the last stages of the design and to the start of the procurement procedures for the components of the machine.