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ITER NEWSLINE 78
The next phase of development of the IRP has been underway for several months with the aim of developing an updated and extended version which will be discussed with the ITER Science and Technology Committee (STAC) in late May. Major developments include the incorporation of the test blanket module (TBM) program, the first technology element to be included in the IRP, a more extensive definition of the physics research activities accompanying construction, a more explicit definition of the ITER plasma scenarios, and a deeper analysis of the possible upgrades which will be added to the ITER facility over the next 20 years or so. A significant aspect is the revision of the ITER experimental schedule to make the transition to full deuterium-tritium (D-T) operation as early as possible while maintaining consistency with the most recent developments in the ITER construction schedule.
The IRP has been, since its initial drafting, a collaborative activity of ITER Organization staff and fusion experts from the Members' communities. During the ITER Research Plan Workshop, held at the ITER site from 15-17 April, about 20 experts from the ITER Organization and several of the ITER Members reviewed all aspects of the document drafting, discussed many technical and scientific issues, and agreed to plans for the assembly of the revised IRP in time for the forthcoming STAC-6 meeting. The contributions to the IRP development made by the fusion community experts are of particular value, since they not only help to maintain close contacts between the ongoing R&D activities in the fusion program and the ITER research planning, but also ensure that the interests and concerns of the fusion community in the formulation of the future ITER scientific and experimental program are reflected in the IRP.
The ECWG devoted this meeting to a final review of the Terms of Reference and the proposals for an ITER Council Policy on Export Control and an ITER Council Policy on Peaceful Uses and Non-Proliferation. All three documents will be brought to the next ITER Council meeting. The ECWG also discussed the ITER Organization strategies to implement these Council policies. Technical discussions on export control lists and data classification systems for the ITER Organization and the Domestic Agencies were also held during the meeting. The next meeting is planned from 7-9 October 2009 in Cadarache.
"La fusion pour quoi faire?" dealing with ITER and the issue of energy has drawn an exceptionally large audience. The program was broadcast simultaneously through hertzian airwaves and on the Terrestrial Digital Network (TNT). "Everywhere I go the people I meet talk to me about this program," says Sébastien Galaup, TLP programs director. "They want to know more. I tell them to be patient— there will be 8 to 10 programs in the whole series, each dealing with a specific aspect of the ITER Project."
Since the series began airing, the ITER link on the TLP web site has been accessed an average of 510 times a day. "This is an exceptional number, among the highest we've ever had," says Galaup.
The ITER programs will remain accessible on the Internet at http://www.tlp.fr/. DivX Web Player must be downloaded and installed to view the program (follow the link on the site's opening page).
This new building, which is a joint initiative between CEA and ITER, will host some of the large official meetings that take place at Cadarache. Its 270 square metres can accommodate up to 110 participants, and it has been equipped with cutting-edge video-conferencing equipment, wifi and other high-tech meeting equipment.
The building will be operational for the next ITER Council Advisory Committee meetings in May. ITER will have priority in reserving space there until our new, permanent building on the ITER site is ready for use.
More information on how to book this building for your future meetings will be published in Newsline soon!
The ITER Planning & Scheduling Section has created a new website intended as the home for schedule reporting and for other useful information related to ITER planning and scheduling.
The website will be a resource for all ITER Organization and Domestic Agency staff from management to technical to planning and scheduling and which will facilitate the tracking and reporting of schedule progress.
From now on, getting information on the various procurements in the pipeline, their current status, trends, history, and names of the responsible officers is just a mouse click away. The idea for creating this new website was to "provide easy access to all schedule-related information, to make the scheduling process more visible and transparent and to fully engage all project staff in the scheduling effort," explains the Section Leader Steve Gilligan.
Francois Gauché, Director of Agence Iter France, gave him a presentation on site construction and infrastructure related to the project and Pascale Amenc-Antoni, Special Advisor to the Director-General, gave a presentation about ITER.
Chatel also visited the CEA Cadarache facilities (Agate, Jules Horowitz, and CEDRA) where Serge Durand presented Cadarache activities.
The ITER European Domestic Agency "Fusion for Energy" (F4E) is organizing an information day on the European contribution to ITER heating and current drive power supplies and procurement strategy. The meeting will take place on 27 May 2009, at the F4E premises in Barcelona. Interested companies are welcome to participate.
Registration deadline: 15 May 2009.
"Fusion power could be a source of energy that would have a greater impact on humankind than landing the first man on the Moon," says Roger Highfield, editor for the New Scientist in an article recently published on http://www.edge.org/.
From left to right: Mr Sane, Mr Rigaux (ITER), Mrs Yabuuchi, Mr Nakajima, Mr Vasiliev, Mr Spoor (ITER), Mrs Zbaratskaya, Prof. Nagano, Mr Brosseron (AIF) , Mr Fiorentino (ITER), Mrs Digby-Grant (ITER), Mrs Peterson (ITER), Mr Kim, and Mrs Sun.