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ITER reaches major construction milestone
The 1,250-ton cryostat base is positioned over the ITER tokamak pit for installation. The base is the heaviest lift of the tokamak assembly. Photo: ITER
ITER, the world’s largest international scientific collaboration, is beginning the assembly of the fusion reactor tokamak that will include 12 essential hardware systems provided by US ITER, which is managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The first major machine element to be installed is the 1,250-ton base of the cryostat, which was placed into the tokamak assembly pit on May 26. ITER is located in southeastern France.
J. C. Gascon, J. Hourtoule, I. Benfatto, S. Nair, J. Tao, J. Goff
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 61 | Number 1 | January 2012 | Pages 47-51
Fusion | Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST12-A13395
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ITER is a large-scale scientific experiment (presently under construction in Southern France) to demonstrate it is possible to produce commercial energy from nuclear fusion. In order to achieve nuclear fusion, ITER plant will be directly fed from the 400 kV French National Grid. The transmission grid will be able to provide up to 500 MW for pulsed loads (power converters) as well as 120 MW for continuous loads (auxiliaries systems) with total reactive power up to 200 Mvar demand from the pulsed loads and 48 Mvar from the continuous loads.This paper describes the specific electrical engineering studies performed to ensure the required levels of availability and to reach the required global reliability and availability of ITER project.