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  • Magnet feeders | Wave of deliveries ahead

    Several batches of magnet feeder components will arrive from China in September containing elements that need to be received, inspected and readied for installa [...]

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  • Tokamak cooling system procurement | Global team for better efficiency

    A unique work-sharing arrangement is expediting the design and fabrication of ITER's tokamak cooling water system and building the knowledge base that will be c [...]

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Auxiliary buildings

Support for the machine

A tokamak would be a lifeless machine if it was not supported by a significant industrial infrastructure. On the ITER platform close to 40 buildings host the equipment and systems that make burning plasma experiments possible.

One of the newest structures on site has gone up in the heat rejection zone on the north side of the platform. The European Domestic Agency is building the infrastructure, the Indian Domestic Agency is procuring the equipment, and the ITER Organization is overseeing installation works. (Click to view larger version...)
One of the newest structures on site has gone up in the heat rejection zone on the north side of the platform. The European Domestic Agency is building the infrastructure, the Indian Domestic Agency is procuring the equipment, and the ITER Organization is overseeing installation works.
A tokamak needs to be fed electrical power in both AC and DC form; it requires powerful heating systems to bring the plasma to the required temperature; the machine's superconducting magnet system demands a constant circulation of cooling fluids; the heat generated on the plasma-facing components must be evacuated by a large water cooling system, complete with kilometres of piping, basins and cooling towers.
 
See the gallery below to see some of the under-sung areas of the ITER worksite that host critical plant systems.


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