ITER recently celebrated the start of the assembly with a global event transmitted from the site to all 35 member countries that have united in this endeavor.
Major components were delivered to the site from countries around the world, allowing assembly operations to officially begin.
GA contributes to the ITER project in multiple ways, starting with research at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, which GA operates as a national user for the Office of Science of the US Department of Energy.
GA also manufactures the ITER central solenoid at its Magnetic Technology Center in Poway, California. When complete, the 59-foot-tall center solenoid will be the largest pulsed superconducting magnet ever built, operating at temperatures of 4K – near absolute zero – and conducting 15 million amps of current through the ITER tokamak to heat and stabilize the plasma.
GA is also building several ITER technical systems, including diagnostic devices, and is conducting significant theoretical physics research to support the project.
“Practical fusion energy will be one of the greatest achievements in human history, and ITER is a critical step on the road to getting there,” said Tony Taylor, GA vice president of the magnetic fusion energy. “We are proud to be part of this historic company.”
Magnetic Technology Director John Smith joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the project.