When ITER uses the real fusion fuel during operations — a mixture of deuterium and tritium — part of this fuel will not be burned. This leads to an exhaust mixture of fusion fuel and helium, which needs to be processed at unprecedented flow rates, with measures necessary for the confinement and safe handling of tritium. The tritium plant systems will be procured through the EU, Japan, Korea and the USA.
At a meeting held on 21-23 March, a Tritium Plant Project Team was established to coordinate all design aspects of the ITER tritium plant, in particular the safety requirements and adherence to guidelines and standards. The project team will also coordinate the schedules and procurement activities in the ITER Parties which are related to the tritium plant systems. Each Party is represented by a formal contact person and by technical experts. Within the project team, task forces have been set up for special subjects, such as tritium plant codes & standards, safety design guidelines, and detritiation systems design. return to Newsline #9