The objective of the ITER (« way » in latine) project is to go through the steps still necessary to enable the construction of a prototype producing electricity through nuclear fusion in the years 2050's.
Research activities in the field of fusion:
Started in 1958, the fusion activity in France has been boosted with the construction and the operation of the Tore-Supra tokamak, built in Cadarache between 1983 and 1988. It has been the first large tokamak in the world using superconducting magnets.
In the 1980's, all the fusion activities of CEA have been grouped together in Cadarache, with the goal to host the tokamak which would succeed to the existing tokamaks.
ITER will be built on the CEA site of Cadarache.
Scientific and technical responsabilities:
More specifically, DAPNIA has been responsible for two tasks: a winding mock-up using an innovative resin and the characterization of high temperature superconductors for the DEMO project (next step after ITER).
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