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ITER Organization and Japan sign first Procurement Arrangement

30 November 2007 | 18:01 | Press releases

The ITER Organization is moving on from designing to procuring. On Wednesday November 28th, the Director General of the ITER Organization, Kaname Ikeda, and the Director for International Affairs Department, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Toshi Nagaoka, signed the first Procurement Arrangement between the ITER Organization and the Japanese Domestic Agency at the Chateau de Cadarache.

This Procurement Arrangement is for part of the conductor for the 18 Toroidal Field (TF) Coils that will confine the plasma within the ITER machine. “Being the first Procurement Arrangement, it clearly signals that ITER procurements have begun and on a big scale”, Kaname Ikeda, ITER Director General, said. 

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Russian President signs law ratifying ITER agreements

31 August 2007 | 18:56 | Press releases

MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Monday a law on ratifying two agreements regulating the ITER project, an experimental reactor in France being built with Russia’s involvement, aimed at eventually generating power by nuclear fusion.
Under the document, passed by both houses of Russia’s parliament and first signed in Paris on November 21, 2006, Russia, South Korea, China, Japan, India, the European Union and the United States agree to fund the construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor.
The agreement provides immunity and privileges for the organization overseeing the international project’s joint implementation.
The $10 billion project to build the reactor in Cadarache near Marseilles in South France is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological potential of nuclear fusion amid concerns over growing energy consumption and the impact of conventional fossil fuels on the global climate.
ITER’s first plasma operation is expected in 2016. The European Union will cover 40% of the construction cost, and the other participants will contribute 10% each.

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Government of India approves Indian participation to ITER project

31 August 2007 | 18:55 | Press releases

NEW DELHI, July 5 (ITER-India) – The Union Cabinet of the Government of India, in a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister today formally sanctioned the funding for Indian participation in the ITER Project. India will contribute 10% of the ITER cost (about Rs 2500 Crores) mostly in the form of ITER components manufactured in India by Indian Industries and delivered to ITER.

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Fusion for Energy appoints its first Director

19 July 2007 | 13:07 | Press releases

The Governing Board of the European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy (‘Fusion for Energy‘) appointed the organisation’s first Director. This appointment follows the official inauguration of ‘Fusion for Energy’ at its offices in Barcelona on 28 June. The nominee Director is Dr. Didier Gambier, currently Head of Unit for the Joint Development of Fusion in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research. With a budget of around €4 billion for the first ten years, ‘Fusion for Energy‘ will play a key role in realising fusion as a possible future limitless source of energy and has been set up to provide the European contributions to the ITER International Fusion Energy project, the Broader Approach Agreement with Japan as well as to prepare for demonstration fusion reactors.

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Switzerland and Japan sign bilateral agreement on scientific and technological cooperation

12 July 2007 | 7:23 | Press releases

Bern, 2007-07-10,
Federal Councillor Pascal Couchepin and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso signed a bilateral agreement in Tokyo today on future scientific and technological cooperation between Switzerland and Japan. The agreement falls in line with the strategy laid out in the Federal Council’s Message on the Promotion of Education, Research and Innovation for the years 2008-2011 whereby Switzerland’s ties in the field of education and research are to be expanded to include suitable non-European partner countries that are interested in bilateral cooperation.

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New textbook on fusion energy

1 June 2007 | 14:28 | Press releases

Plasma Physics and Fusion EnergyJeff Freidberg, Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, has published a new textbook, “Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy”.

The book is based on a series of lecture notes from graduate courses in plasma physics and fusion energy at MIT. The 671 page text is published by Cambridge University Press.

Freidberg states, in the Preface, “it is my hope that the book will help educate the next generation of fusion researchers, an important goal in view of the international decision to build ITER, the world’s first reactor-scale, burning plasma experiment.

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Korean National Assembly ratifies ITER Agreement

1 June 2007 | 14:26 | Press releases

During their meeting on 2 April, the Korean National Assembly ratified the ITER Joint Implementation Agreement. This opens the way for the establishment of the Korean Domestic Agency. A goverment official stressed the commitment of the Korean government to continuing its high level of support for the successful launch of the ITER Organization and the ITER project.

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Six architects charged with creating the design of ITER annex buildings

1 June 2007 | 14:24 | Press releases

To create a design for the so-called annex buildings on the ITER site, a competition for architects is being held. The annex buildings include office buildings, a public relations and welcome centre, a restaurant, an access control and a medical office. The 27-strong jury — composed of representatives of the ITER Organization, local politicians, representatives of the European Commission, Director of CEA/Cadarache, and architects — came together on 20 March to agree on the rules for the competition. They reviewed 25 applications of architects of which six were invited to provide a detailed design. In July, the jury will meet again to review the architects’ proposals and choose the winner.

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Kaname Ikeda

12 April 2007 | 3:29 | Press releases

Kaname IkedaThe Director General (DG) of ITER is the Chief Executive Officer of the ITER Organisation. The DG is responsible to the Council for its efficient execution. The DG therefore supervises the appointment of its staff and their work, and works with the Council to obtain resources and resolve any problems.

Currently, the ITER DG Nominee is Kaname Ikeda.The Project Team is responsible for executing the project and coordinating the procurements, machine assembly and eventual operation. It consists of directly employed staff and staff seconded by the Parties. Staff are appointed on renewable five-year contracts, allowing the needs of the project to be adapted as it proceeds.
The Project Team is mainly located at the Cadarache construction site. The DG heads major divisions for Safety, Licensing and QA, for Administration, and for Science and Technology, the latter being a major point of interaction for ITER’s future plasma physics and nuclear technology customers.

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