Subscribe options

Select your newsletters:


Please enter your email address:

@

Who does what?

ITER Organization, the seven Domestic Agencies set up by the ITER Members, CEA's Agence Iter France all work together to realize the ITER experimental installation that will open the way to the industrial and commercial exploitation of fusion energy. (Click to view larger version...)
ITER Organization, the seven Domestic Agencies set up by the ITER Members, CEA's Agence Iter France all work together to realize the ITER experimental installation that will open the way to the industrial and commercial exploitation of fusion energy.
The ITER Project and its division of tasks between multiple actors can be confusing. Below are some elements of response to the question: "Who does what at ITER?"

ITER Organization (IO) is responsible for the design of the ITER Tokamak and its auxiliary systems. The ITER Organization will be responsible for machine installation and assembly, beginning in 2015, and operations, beginning in 2020. Like other international organizations such as Unesco or the World Health Organization, the ITER Organization was established by international treaty. On 21 November 2006 in Paris, France, the seven ITER Members signed the ITER Agreement. On site in Saint Paul-lez-Durance, ITER directly employs approximately 500 staff members representing 30 nationalities.

Domestic Agencies (DAs) were created by each ITER Member. There is thus an ITER Domestic Agency in China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, the United States and Europe (the European Domestic Agency is located in Barcelona, Spain). These agencies, on behalf of their governments, are charged with procuring the ITER components, systems or buildings that fall under each Member's procurement responsibilities to ITER. Europe, with the largest percent of the Project, contributes 45 % (including nearly all site buildings), while each of the other Members contributes 9 %. The reason for this disparity is that Europe, as Host to the ITER Project, benefits from the largest amount of economic impact.

Agence Iter France (AIF) is an agency of the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA). Created to manage the French financial contribution to ITER, it supervised the clearing and levelling activities for the ITER site (2007-2009) and the public works on the ITER Itinerary. It collects the contributions pledged to ITER by local governments and plays a role in welcoming international ITER staff members and their families. Agence Iter France is the interface between the ITER Project and French authorities and in this capacity oversees, for example, the organization of ITER component transport. It has also organized land acquisition measures to compensate for the clearing of the ITER site. When the ITER Project has come to the end of 20 years of operation in the early 2040s, Agence Iter France will be in charge of site decommissioning and dismantling.