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Actu & Médias


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Travelling with a coil

From the salt marshes of the inland sea Étang-de-Berre to the rolling hills around the ITER site (with a view of some of the highest alpine summits) an ITER convoy travels the whole range of Provencal landscapes.

It is a little after 2:00 a.m. on the ITER site and for PF #6, it is the end of the 10,000-kilometre journey from its manufacturing site in Hefei, China. (Click to view larger version...)
It is a little after 2:00 a.m. on the ITER site and for PF #6, it is the end of the 10,000-kilometre journey from its manufacturing site in Hefei, China.
As it progresses along the 104-kilometre ITER Itinerary, an ITER convoy adds a new dimension to these glorious vistas—the harsh beauty of a unique machine transporting a unique load.

Last week, Newsline travelled with the ITER convoy delivering poloidal field coil #6, capturing some of the most spectacular moments of the four-night journey.

Whether in person or remotely, representatives of Europe and China joined ITER staff and Director-General Bernard Bigot in a celebration shortly after the component's arrival. (Click to view larger version...)
Whether in person or remotely, representatives of Europe and China joined ITER staff and Director-General Bernard Bigot in a celebration shortly after the component's arrival.
Procured by Europe and manufactured in China, the ring-shaped magnet coil will be the first to be integrated into the ITER machine. The massive component arrived on site on Friday 26 June after a 10,000-kilometre voyage from its manufacturing site in Hefei, China.

See a video of the last leg of the voyage here.


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