TYSONS CORNER, VA April 15, 2015 â Executive Mosaic â General Atomics has begun the fabrication process for a central solenoid to be used for an industry-scale tokamak fusion research project, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday.
The part â a 13-meter-long, six-module pulsed electromagnet â will serve as the backbone of the International Thermonuclear Experiment Reactor, a 35-country initiative to produce carbon-free power.
Work on the central solenoid is underway at the companyâs Magnet Technologies Center in Poway, California, which will utilize precision machinery and up to 10 manufacturing stations customized for the superconducting magnet, General Atomics said Friday.
âThe central solenoid represents the heartbeat of ITER because it pulses the magnets that driveâ¨electric current through the tokamak plasma. General Atomicsâ contributions are critical for theâ¨ success of the project, â said U.S. ITER Project Director Ned Sauthoff of the Energy Departmentâs Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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