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The new JT-60SA International Fusion School (JIFS), jointly funded and organized by Japan's National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST) and EUROfusion, aims to prepare the next generation of fusion physicists and engineers from Japan and Europe by focusing on the main aspects of fusion research, from plasma physics to engineering, with special attention to their combination into tokamak operation.
School attendance is limited to 20 students—10 from Japan and 10 from Europe. The two-week program in Japan will include lectures, visits to JT-60SA, and practical exercises using JT-60SA laboratories and JT-60SA data, analysis and computational tools.
The first JT-60SA International Fusion School will take place from 4 to 15 September 2023. Registration ends 15 April 2023. For all information see this page.
From a survey of 26 private fusion companies and 34 supplier companies, the Fusion Industry Association—a US-registered non-profit independent trade association for the acceleration of the arrival of fusion power—predicts a huge growth in demand for fusion suppliers over the coming years.
Its report The Fusion Industry Supply Chain: Opportunities and Challenges calculates that from USD $500 million in 2022, the fusion supply chain is set to increase to over USD 7 billion by the time companies build their first-of-a-kind power plants. When the fusion industry reaches maturity, the supply chain is predicted to be worth trillions of dollars.
Seventy percent of fusion companies surveyed, however, said their suppliers see building the capacity to meet future demand as too risky without committed orders. "It is clear more long-term certainty is needed—through a mix of finance, regulation, risk-sharing mechanisms, and more communication—so suppliers are prepared to scale ahead of industry need."
Read the full report on the Fusion Industry Association website.
The Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) have worked with the fusion community to prepare a two-week program created to meet the needs of the emerging fusion industry and associated supply chain companies and organizations.
The Fusion Industry School is a two-week interactive program of lectures from world-leading experts in fusion, aimed at providing an overview of the current progress and challenges to industry professionals. The school consists of lectures, networking sessions, panel discussions and Q&As as well as visits to the UKAEA national fusion facilities.
The first week (19-22 June 2023) takes place in York (UK) and focuses on the underpinning fusion science and technology. The second week (25-28 September 2023) in Oxfordshire (UK) builds on the first week, with more of an emphasis on engineering applications. The program is optimized for delegates attending both weeks, but there is still benefit to only attending one. No prior knowledge of fusion science and technology is necessary.
The target audience is: early and mid-career scientists, engineers and regulators.
The Xcitech course is an advanced course primarily aimed at young scientists and engineers at the graduate and post-graduate level who are currently working or interested in the area of fusion technology. It is open as well for experienced engineers and scientists already engaged in the broader area of fusion engineering, technology and science from research institutes and industry.
In this first edition, 2 courses will be held:
The deadline for registration is a place holder, see the website of the Xcitech school for further updates.
Europe is responsible for the manufacturing of 10 out of the 18 Toroidal Field (TF) coils of the ITER machine. The gigantic “D” shaped superconducting magnets will create a magnetic cage where the super-hot plasma will be confined. Their main challenge will be to keep the 150 million ˚C plasma burning without touching the walls of the reactor’s vessel. The double pancake is a large D-shaped disk that is 13m long, 9m wide and 0.1m thick. It is composed of a stainless steel plate, known as the radial plate, with grooves machined on both sides and where a 450m long insulated superconductor is located and impregnated.
A major part of the works linked to the TF coils manufacturing unfolds in the ASG facilities, located in La Spezia, Italy. It is where key processes such as winding, heat treatment, insertion of the superconductor inside the radial plate and laser welding of the radial plates-produced by SIMIC and CNIM-take place. Recently, an important milestone was celebrated in Europe: the first-ever double pancake prototype passed successfully a series of technically demanding tests. It’s a reassuring result for Alessandro Bonito-Oliva, F4E’s Project Manager for Magnets, and his team as well as all the suppliers involved, who have been working relentlessly for this achievement. The technology they have opted for and the method of work have proved them right. It is also important to mention the importance of the role played by the ITER International Organization TF coil Central Team and the respective team of the Japanese Domestic Agency. The excellent collaboration between the three teams, offering a dynamic exchange of technical reviews, expertise and information, have also played an important role towards the successful completion of this milestone.
So what did the tests entail? In order to check the capability of the prototype to withstand the cryogenic temperatures of ITER, the double pancake was first cooled down to liquid nitrogen temperature, which is approximately -196 ˚C, and then, it was brought back to room temperature. Afterwards, the prototype went through a series of tests to check its response to High Voltage above 2KV in air, and was also tested in Paschen conditions, considered as the most demanding electrical conditions due to the fact that even a tiny insulation defect would cause failure. Last, but not least, the prototype went through a leak test. All hurdles were passed without any problems. It’s also worth highlighting the impressive dimensional tolerances achieved which indicated only a minute deformation of less than 1mm in the prototype, in spite the 900m long laser welding applied to the radial plate.
“This is an important technological step towards the manufacturing of one of the biggest and most complex superconducting coils ever produced. It is the result of the partnership established between F4E and ASG Superconductors, Iberdrola Ingeneria, Elytt Energy, CNIM and SIMIC” explains Alessandro Bonito-Oliva. The TF coils production series is moving at a galloping pace. 12 radial plates have already been produced by CNIM and SIMIC, 25 double pancakes have been wound, 15 of them have already been heat treated, of which 11 have been transferred inside a radial plate.