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  • Six experimental Test Blanket Modules containing lithium will be mounted inside the ITER vacuum vessel to test tritium breeding concepts.

    Tritium: Changing lead into gold

    In order to produce energy from the fusion of light atoms, nature offers a dozen of possible combinations. Only one is accessible in the current state of techn [...]

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  • November 1985: the two most powerful men in the world give the necessary political impetus to creating "the widest practicable" international cooperation in the domain of fusion.

    Conceived in Geneva

    On a cold November morning in Geneva, 30 years ago, two men met for the first time. Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, at the head of the world's two superpo [...]

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  • Unloaded, unwrapped, and carefully stored in the Cryostat Workshop, where welding and assembly activities will soon begin, the segments already give us an idea of the size of the ITER machine.

    The ITER cryostat: on your mark, get set ...

    For the past year, the pace of highly exceptional (HEL) component deliveries has been accelerating. Some of the components, such as the electrical transformers [...]

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  • Reels, de-spoolers, a winding table, impregnation moulds ... little by little the 12,000 m² Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility is being equipped with specialized tooling.

    In the lair of the ring magnets

    ITER's ring-like poloidal field coils are among the largest and heaviest components of the ITER machine. Ranging from 8 to 24 metres in diameter, and from 193 [...]

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Monaco: fusion world capital

In 2010, 2013 and 2016, a major rendezvous in fusion has gathered researchers, industrialists, and international organizations to the Principality of Monaco.

HSH Prince Albert II took time to tour the dozens of stands and industrial exhibits of MIIFED-IBF 2016. He is pictured here listening to the explanations provided by ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot and Pierre-Marie Delplanque, from Agence Iter France, on the transport of ITER's largest components. (Click to view larger version...)
HSH Prince Albert II took time to tour the dozens of stands and industrial exhibits of MIIFED-IBF 2016. He is pictured here listening to the explanations provided by ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot and Pierre-Marie Delplanque, from Agence Iter France, on the transport of ITER's largest components.
Under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, the Monaco-ITER International Fusion Energy Days (MIIFED) offer a unique occasion to showcase ITER progress—both on site in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France, where the buildings are rising, and in the factories of the seven ITER Members.

The conference is made possible by the Partnership Arrangement signed in 2008 between the ITER Organization and the Principality of Monaco, which established five Postdoctoral Fellowships in fusion technology and science at ITER and provided the means for a regular international conference on ITER progress, research and industrial opportunities.

Fifteen postdocs have already benefitted from the postdoctoral program and another five are currently working at ITER. Experience has shown that at the end of their two-year experience at ITER, prestigious assignments await them at fusion laboratories or universities in Europe and Asia.

The third edition of MIIFED was paired this year with the ITER Business Forum (IBF/2016)—an annual industry forum on ITER business opportunities. The joint MIIFED-IBF conference, held from 8 to 11 February 2016, attracted over 500 participants from 26 countries.

HSH Prince Albert II opened the conference, as he had for the two previous editions, by stressing the importance of the scientific, technological and industrial challenges that ITER is attempting to master. "What is happening on the ITER site, less than 200 kilometres from Monaco, and in factories on three continents has the power to change history."