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  • Tokamak assembly | Preparing for the Big Lift

    The distance was short but the challenge daunting: on Thursday last week, the first section of the plasma chamber was lifted 50 centimetres above its suppor [...]

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  • Image of the week | 13th toroidal field coil arrives from Europe

    The toroidal field coil procurement effort has been one of the longest of the ITER program, initiated by Procurement Arrangements signed in 2007 and 2008. Manuf [...]

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  • Diagnostics | Final Procurement Arrangement signed

    ITER Diagnostics reached an important milestone in December 2021 when it concluded the last Procurement Arrangement of the diagnostics program. After signing a [...]

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  • On site | A quick visit to the Control Building

    Work is progressing on the ITER Control Building, ergonomically designed for the 60 to 80 operators, engineers and researchers who will call it home.  [...]

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Photo reportage

Travelling with a coil

From the salt marshes of the inland sea Étang-de-Berre to the rolling hills around the ITER site (with a view of some of the highest alpine summits) an ITER convoy travels the whole range of Provencal landscapes.

It is a little after 2:00 a.m. on the ITER site and for PF #6, it is the end of the 10,000-kilometre journey from its manufacturing site in Hefei, China. (Click to view larger version...)
It is a little after 2:00 a.m. on the ITER site and for PF #6, it is the end of the 10,000-kilometre journey from its manufacturing site in Hefei, China.
As it progresses along the 104-kilometre ITER Itinerary, an ITER convoy adds a new dimension to these glorious vistas—the harsh beauty of a unique machine transporting a unique load.

Last week, Newsline travelled with the ITER convoy delivering poloidal field coil #6, capturing some of the most spectacular moments of the four-night journey.

Whether in person or remotely, representatives of Europe and China joined ITER staff and Director-General Bernard Bigot in a celebration shortly after the component's arrival. (Click to view larger version...)
Whether in person or remotely, representatives of Europe and China joined ITER staff and Director-General Bernard Bigot in a celebration shortly after the component's arrival.
Procured by Europe and manufactured in China, the ring-shaped magnet coil will be the first to be integrated into the ITER machine. The massive component arrived on site on Friday 26 June after a 10,000-kilometre voyage from its manufacturing site in Hefei, China.

See a video of the last leg of the voyage here.


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