18 April 2008
Fusion for Energy (F4E), the organization for Europe's contribution to ITER, unlocks new business opportunities for industry by launching its first ever procurement.
ITER is the world's largest scientific partnership that aims to demonstrate the potential of fusion as an energy source, bringing together seven parties that represent half of the world's population- the EU, Russia, Japan, China, India, South Korea and the United States.
The objective of this first procurement by Fusion for Energy is the supply of Chromium plated Copper strand that forms part of the ITER super conducting magnets in order to hold the heated gas known as plasma in position.
"This first procurement marks the beginning of a strong partnership with European industry and research organizations in providing the components for ITER and ensuring its successful operation" explained Fusion for Energy Director, Didier Gambier.
Fusion will generate growth and jobs by opening up new markets and opportunities to a wide range of industries and research organizations. Aside from progress in the field of fusion technologies, fusion research has contributed by means of direct or indirect spin offs to areas of medicine and health including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI); material processing through advancements made in laser machining and robotics through progress made in remote handling systems.
Fusion for Energy is the European Union's organization responsible for providing Europe's procurements and 'in kind' contribution to ITER. It will also support fusion R&D initiatives through the Broader Approach Agreement signed with Japan and prepare for the construction of demonstration fusion reactors. Fusion for Energy was set in April 2007 for a period of 35 years. Its offices are located in Barcelona, Spain.
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