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  • Cryoplant | Filled from floor to ceiling

    The ITER cryoplant used to be a vast echoey chamber with 5,400 m² of interior space divided into two areas; now, it is filled from floor to ceiling with industr [...]

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  • Cryostat | Adjusting, welding, testing ...

    The assembly of the ITER cryostat—the stainless steel "thermos" that insulates the ultra-cold superconducting magnets from the environment—is progress [...]

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  • Tokamak Building | Full steam ahead

    In this central arena of the construction site, construction teams are active three shifts a day—two full work shifts and a third, at night, dedicated to moving [...]

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  • Poloidal field coils | Turning tables and hot resin

    One of only two manufacturing facilities located on the ITER site, the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility was constructed by Europe to house the winding, imp [...]

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  • Assembly Hall | One giant standing

    Two identical handling tools in the Assembly Hall will play a critical role in preparing ITER's nine vacuum vessel sectors for their final journey: transport by [...]

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Of Interest

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On a clear windy day...



For a few days last week, the Mistral (the "master wind" of Provence) blew with sufficient force to "tear the horns off the oxen," as the local saying goes. On the ITER site, we know of no oxen that suffered any loss, but a strong gust carried away the large flag that stood at the north edge of the platform.

On the more positive site, the Mistral does a fantastic job of cleaning the landscape, washing away the haze and bringing out the pristine colours of the land (and the construction site).


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