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The Atlantic: Build what we’ve already invented
“What if I told you that scientists had figured out a way to produce affordable electricity that was 99 percent safer and cleaner than coal or oil, and that this breakthrough produced even fewer emissions per gigawatt-hour than solar or wind?” That’s the question that Derek Thompson, a staff writer at The Atlantic, asks in his article, "The Forgotten Stage of Human Progress," before revealing, “The breakthrough I’m talking about is 70 years old: It’s nuclear power.”
P. C. de Vries, G. Pautasso, D. Humphreys, M. Lehnen, S. Maruyama, J. A. Snipes, A. Vergara, L. Zabeo
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 69 | Number 2 | April 2016 | Pages 471-484
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST15-176
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To protect ITER from the high thermal and electromagnetic loads resulting from disruptions, prevention of such events is an essential part of the ITER plasma control system, backed up by an effective and reliable disruption mitigation system (DMS). An important aspect of the mitigation action is its trigger, the balanced decision that a disruption can no longer be prevented by scenario or stability control action and that mitigating action needs to be taken. This paper discusses the requirements for this decision process or trigger for the DMS, the expected timescales, the reliability and performance, and the possible strategy of how this may be developed for ITER high-performance operation.