The ITER project is on good tracks, concludes the Eleventh ITER Councils on the 29th November 2012. The project’s plan for 2013 has been validated and the teams all around the world are getting started for new intense and innovative year.
During a two days intensive discussion between the senior representatives from all the ITER Members, the ITER Council concludes that the areas of on-site construction, licensing, and component manufacturing activities have shown significant advancement (the last meeting was in June 2012). In parallel, the Council decided to support the proposition to reinforce the collaboration between ITER Organization and the Domestic Agencies, called the Unique Team. The same day, the decree authorizing the creation of the ITER facility in France was signed. Concerning the 2013 plans, the ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima, a week before opened the key meeting where 56 participants from the ITER Members joined 12 from the ITER Organization. The Joint Meeting of the International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA) Coordinating Committee and the International Energy Agency Implementing Agreement (IEA IA) on Co-operation on Tokamak Programms (CTP), is an annual gathering of senior representatives of the ITER Member fusion communities, the ITPA Topical Group leadership and program leaders from the major fusion facilities. During this meeting, the key priorities of the Unique ITER Team were outlined after an overview of the advancements and situation on construction and R&D. The main priorities that were underlined are the understanding and control of Edge Localized Modes (ELMs); disruptions and runaway electrons (and their mitigation); H-mode accessibility; use of all-metal plasma-facing components; the behavior of tungsten impurities; tritium retention; dust; and power scrape-off layer (SOL) thickness. Finally, the chairs of the seven ITPA Topical Groups reviewed the progress made in 2012 and proposed an experiment plan for 2013, focusing on the urgent issues for ITER.
While Europe is trying to get out of its economic crisis, at least our great, promising projects do not stop and promise much more in 2013. Constructions are progressing, fact that the following remarkable photo shows:
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ITER Newsline 21/12/2012 http://www.iter.org/newsline/250/1432 -Michiya Shimada, Chief Scientific Officer, Divertor and Plasma Wall Interactions
ITER Newsline 21/12/2012