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  • Neutral Beam Test Facility | After upgrades, SPIDER testbed set to restart

    After a two-year shutdown for upgrades, the SPIDER testbed at the ITER Neutral Beam Test Facility in Padua, Italy, is preparing for commissioning and operation. [...]

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  • ITER Research Plan | Jointly preparing a new blueprint

    As part of work underway to update the ITER Project Baseline, a group of experts nominated by the Members met in February to evaluate the new blueprint for achi [...]

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  • On site | Component transfer goes electric

    On Friday 16 February, a toroidal field coil was moved from the Assembly Hall to a storage place a few hundred metres away. Quite a routine operation at ITER, a [...]

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  • Image of the Week | Director-General Barabaschi visits India

    Following his visit to China, Japan and Korea last autumn, ITER Director-General Pietro Barabaschi continued his tour of ITER stakeholders w [...]

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  • Science | Increasing fusion performance with energetic-particle-driven instabilities

    New results published in Physical Review Letters suggest that instabilities driven by energetic particles can have a positive impact on fusion performance. In t [...]

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Of Interest

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Caring for tritium

Tritium, one of the two heavy isotopes of hydrogen, is as rare as it is precious. In the present state of technology, it is one of the indispensable ingredients to achieving fusion energy.

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Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen and, as such, demands to be treated with extreme care and precaution. In the ITER installation, an entire building is devoted to its storage, handling and processing.

Following the installation earlier this year of six water detritiation tanks on the lower basement level (B2) of the Tritium Building (part of the Tokamak Complex), work is now underway on the floor slab of the B1 basement level.

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Workers are carefully positioning hundreds of embedded plates into the dense rebar lattice before concrete pouring operations. Embedded plates offer extremely robust anchorage for the installation of equipment.


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