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  • ITER Members are involved broadly in the in-kind procurement for ITER, sharing responsibility for the fabrication of components and systems. Participating in ITER also means reinforcing the scientific, technological and industrial base in fusion back at home. (Note: not all components and contributions could be reproduced here.)

    The world's largest Erector Set

    Compared to the ITER Tokamak, a space shuttle, an aircraft carrier and a nuclear submarine are all relatively simple objects: their technologies are well teste [...]

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  • The "simplified models" that Lauris Honoré creates from the huge ITER data bank are terrific pedagogical and communication tools, revealing what the installation is really like, in all its beauty and complexity.

    A jewel in its concrete box

    Deep into the ITER servers lays the huge data bank, constantly updated, that forms the 3D blueprint of the whole installation. Digging into this "detailed [...]

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  • The concrete employed at ITER plays a double role—guaranteeing structural integrity as well as nuclear safety. Whether its formulation is ordinary or exceptional, the concrete is the object of control and verification at each stage of its elaboration and implementation.

    A concrete for every purpose

    Gravel, sand, cement, water and sometimes an additive ... at first glance, concrete seems like a simple material. But not at ITER, where construction follows s [...]

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  • The European tokamak JET, enhanced with an ITER-like wall and divertor, is getting ready to renew experiments with a 50-50 mix of deuterium and tritium.

    T-time for JET

    In operational tokamaks around the world, plasmas are heated every day to temperatures that reach tens of thousands, or even millions, of degrees Celsius. Run [...]

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Europe's Barroso: "Proud to have believed in ITER"

José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, is convinced that the future of Europe is in science and innovation. On 11 July 2014, he visited ITER to reaffirm Europe's commitment to ITER. (Click to view larger version...)
José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, is convinced that the future of Europe is in science and innovation. On 11 July 2014, he visited ITER to reaffirm Europe's commitment to ITER.
In the official photo of the ITER Agreement—signed at the Elysée Palace in Paris on 21 November 2006—he occupies the place of honour at French President Jacques Chirac's right.

José Manuel Barroso, whose second term as European Commission president ends in October, recollected that day during a recent visit to ITER on 11 July 2014. "Eight years ago, along with President Chirac, I worked hard for ITER to be located here. The European Commission is proud to have believed in this project."

Part of a tour of strategic projects in Europe aimed at fighting climate change and facilitating worldwide "energy transition," President Barroso's visit took place as concrete pouring was getting underway on the part of the Tokamak Complex basemat that will support the ITER machine—an important moment for ITER construction.

Accompanied by French Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, President Barroso strongly reaffirmed Europe's commitment to ITER, because, as he stressed, "the future of Europe is in science and innovation. As the gateway to industrial and commercial fusion, ITER presents a unique opportunity for our industry."

In a humorous aside to ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima, he concluded his visit by saying: "I'm responsible for coordinating the action of 28 countries—you, 35. I know it's not easy every day!"