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To commission a facility as sophisticated as ITER it is necessary to proceed in small and gradual steps—checking each part before moving onto the next, and bringing together more and more pieces of the puzzle until the whole facility is working as one.
The first of three transformers for the pulsed power electrical network (PPEN) was successfully "energized" on 26 November. Procured by China and installed by Europe, weighing close to 500 tonnes and towering 15 metres above ground, the PPEN transformers are the largest electrical components of the project.
26 November 2019Download
After several months of tests and commissioning, the first ITER system—steady state electrical distribution—enters into operation on 23 January 2019. The ITER site is now independently powered by an electrical substation that draws power directly from the 400 kV French national grid.
23 January 2019Download
One after another, 170 local controls systems have to be integrated into central conventional control, CODAC. In this image, members of the Controls Division are attempting for the first time to operate high voltage circuit breakers from the CODAC human/machine interface.
07 January 2019Download
Checking the protection logic for the high voltage relays during the commissioning of ITER's electrical distribution system.
07 January 2019Download
Despite a rather unassuming name, the Site Services Building is a strategic resource for the entire installation, accommodating and distributing a large number of industrial support services and systems. All mechanical and electrical equipment (pumps, chillers, pressurizers, cabinets and chemical dosing systems) and relevant piping has been installed, and a series of hydrostatic tests have been completed successfully.
12 December 2018Download
''Electricians'' and command-control specialists from the ITER Organization and the European Domestic Agency (Fusion for Energy) succeed on 18 September in powering up the four transformers of the steady state electrical network.
18 September 2018Download
A test energization procedure is carried out on the first of four 22 kV steady state electrical network (SSEN) transformers, which have not managed power since factory acceptance tests in 2014. By "revving them up," the team is verifying that all is well.
30 March 2017Download
In close coordination with the French transmission system operator RTE the ITER Organization is now embarked on the step-by-step process that will lead to the "energization" of the ITER switchyard. Tests started in January 2017 on the first of the switchyard's seven bays.
20 January 2017Download
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