Breeding tritium is an integral part of ITER, inscribed in the ITER Council-approved Project Specifications document: "
The signature of the Test Blanket Module Partnership Agreement on 1 March by Kijung Jung, Director-General of ITER Korea (right), and Jean-Marc Filhol, Acting Director (interim) of the European Domestic Agency Fusion for Energy, officially launched the start of design, construction and procurement activities for the joint Europe/Korea test blanket module concept.
These signatures marked the culmination of a multiyear process, and officially launched the start of design, construction and procurement activities by the fully integrated single-project Korean/European test blanket module team. Considering the sensitive and strategic nature of test blanket modules, and the considerable industrial and commercial implications of tritium breeding, the collaboration was hailed by all stakeholders as an exceptional example of trust, determination and team spirit.
A week later, an additional document (the Test Blanket Module Arrangement) was signed by Korea's Kijung Jung (right), European Domestic Agency representative Juan Knaster (left), and Pietro Barabaschi, Director-General of the ITER Organization (nuclear operator).