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They saidIn a passionate demonstration of how ITER was "making history," ITER Chief Operating Officer and Deputy-Director General Gyung-Su Lee described the inevitable "uncertainties and unknowns" of a first-of-a-kind machine but promised the audience that they would soon be "listening to the beautiful sound of neutrons"—the heavenly music of fusion "tamed and utilized to generate energy."
Jacques Vayron, Director, Agence Iter France: "Agence Iter France, and particularly the ITER Industrial Committee, is developing and maintaining the permanent link between industrial companies and the ITER Project. The ITER Business Forum is a key event for this purpose."
Bernard Bigot, Director-General, ITER Organization: "My hope is that by 2040, five years into ITER full-power operation, utility companies will get involved and that by 2055 we'll have a first operational hydrogen fusion power plant connected to the grid."
Gerassimos Thomas, Deputy Director-Director for Energy, European Commission: "We wouldn't be where we are now if we hadn't worked as partners within a team."
Gyung-Su Lee, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director-General, ITER Organization: "What is ITER? First and foremost, ITER is people. Not just from the ITER Organization or the ITER Domestic Agencies, but the thousands of people who contribute to the project throughout the world."
Luo Delong, Head of ITER China: "In China, everybody knows about ITER ..."
Johannes Schwemmer, Director of the European Domestic Agency, Fusion for Energy: "Between 2008 and 2017, ITER has created 40,000 jobs/year in Europe. We are expecting more than double this number in the coming years."
Anatoly Krasilnikov, head of ITER Russia (on the next-step machine): "We consider that a hybrid fission-fusion reactor is a reasonable step."
"We have established a new record"
"Following the 2017 edition of the ITER Business Forum in Avignon (France) we thought we had reached our maximum possible attendance," says Pierre-Marie Delplanque, interim director of Agence Iter France. "But this year in Antibes we established a new record with 1,110 participants from 484 companies. We also had 80 exhibition stands and more than 1,200 formal 'business-to-business' meetings—and this does not include of course the informal interaction that took place during coffee breaks, buffet lunches and seated dinners. Along with the entire Agence Iter France team, Sabine Portier (Industry Liaison Officer) and her deputy Philippe Olivier are to be especially commended. We now have to do as well or even better for the upcoming edition of IBF in 2021—and preparations begin now."
One day before the start of the event, participants had the opportunity to travel to ITER for a site tour. Here, one group stands in the Cryostat Workshop in front of the completed lower cylinder of the cryostat.Download
ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot asked the audience to consider the number of companies, universities, research centres and laboratories involved in the ITER Project worldwide─at least 1,000 by his count. "Going forward, we will rely more than ever on all our partners to deliver components and services of the highest quality, according to specification, according to budget, and on time."Download
In a presentation rife with poetic images, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy-Director General Gyung-Su Lee compared ITER's staged approach from First Plasma to full-power fusion to first climbing the Sainte Victoire (the mountain that dominates Aix-en-Provence, near ITER) followed by the ascension of Mount Everest ...Download
One of the main attractions of the ITER stand was the virtual reality tour of the ITER worksite. Here, Julie Marcillat of the ITER Communication Team is guiding the mayor of Antibes, Jean Leonetti, through the unforgettable "immersive experience."Download
The ITER cooling system is so complex and expansive that Ned Sauthoff, head of US ITER, humourously described the installation as "a giant cooling system with a small tokamak in the middle."Download
The ITER Business Forum is all about meeting ITER stakeholders and hearing updates on progress and upcoming tenders. But is also about promoting partnerships between industries through "business-to-business" meetings—and there were more than 1,200 of those during the two-day event.Download
Laurent Schmieder (centre), Fusion for Energy's Project Manager for Buildings, Infrastructure and Power Supplies, is letting interested parties know about upcoming tenders related to building construction—for example the construction of the ITER Hot Cell Facility, needed for later-stage operation.Download
For the first time in the twelve-year history of IBF, a delegation representing Canadian industry participated in the forum. Pictured here are representatives of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI), SNC-Lavalin/Nuclear, Ontario Power Generation, and several other firms and organizations.Download