The breadth and coverage of analytical expertise in the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) are unique assets that underpin IEA efforts to support innovation for energy security, economic growth and environmental protection. The 39 TCPs operating today involve about 6 000 experts from government, industry and research organisations in more than 50 countries1.
Construction of the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device
Watch this fascinating three-minute time lapse video which shows the construction of the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion device from 2005 to 2014. The W7-X is the world's largest fusion device of the stellarator type and is co-ordinated through the Stellarator-Heliotron Technology Collaboration Programme (SH TCP).
Power loads to the limiters in the initial W7-X campaign
In the initial campaign of Wendelstein 7-X, the machine was operated in a limiter configuration using up to 4 MW of ECRH power. Power loads to the limiters due to the 3-dimensional topology of the scrape-off layer were measured and calculated. See the December Stellarator News for more information.
Wendelstein 7-X upgrading after successful first round of experiments
Since operation began in December 2015 the first experimental campaign on the Wendelstein 7-X research device at Max Planck Insitute for Plasma Physics was successfully concluded in March. Modifications in the plasma vessel are now proceeding to make the device fit for higher heating powers and longer pulses. Wendelstein 7-X is one of the devices co-ordinated through the Technology Collaboration Programme on Stellarator-Heliotron (SH TCP). More...
Wendelstein 7-X project wins "Landmark" prize
The project, "Wendelstein 7-X: for the Power Plant of Tomorrow", has earned the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany, the distinction of being one of the 100 prizewinners in the 2016 competition "Landmarks in the Land of Ideas". The competition is intended to promote outward looking ideas that use the potentials of community in the form of joint action, co-operation and networking and thus enhance joint efforts to meet present and future challenges. More...
First plasma achieves around one million degrees for 1/10th of a second
Following nine years of construction work and more than one million assembly hours, the main assembly of the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device was completed in April 2014 at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany. Since then technical preparations and tests have continued, and 10 December 2015 saw helium plasma achieved for 1/10th of a second operating at a temperature of around one million degrees. Watch this short video which captures the atmosphere during the operational start of the W7-X. Wendeslstein 7-X is one of the devices co-ordinated through the Technology Collaboration Programme on Stellarator-Heliotron (SH TCP). More...
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