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MHI to manufacture additional two TF coils For ITER project

EBR Staff Writer Published 11 October 2013

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has awarded a contract to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for the production of two toroidal field (TF) coils and core components for the thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER) project.

Under construction by ITER International Fusion Energy Organization at Cadarache facility in southeastern France, the ITER is a thermonuclear experimental reactor for demonstrating the viability of fusion energy as an infinite, safe and environmentally compatible energy resource.

The reactor is scheduled to be incorporated with a total of 19 TF coils, including one in reserve, nine of which will be supplied by Japan.

The designated domestic agency (DA) for Japan in the ITER project, JAEA had already ordered one TF coil from MHI in 2012.

As a partner in the production of Japan's TF coils, MHI provide the plates for insertion of superconductors and the containers to hold the actual coils.

Production of the TF coil ordered last year has already started, with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation as in charge of manufacture of the coil winding packs.

The operational startup target date of ITER, which involves participation from the European Union (EU), Russia, Korea, China, India, and the US, is planned for 2020.