There are no quick fixes to long-term energy challenges. To find solutions, governments and industry benefit from sharing resources and accelerating results. For this reason the IEA enables independent groups of experts - the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes, or IEA TCPs1.
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Recent activities and findings
First Wendelstein 7-X experimental campaign successfully completed
The first experiments began on 10 December 2015, and were more successful than expected. W7-X exhibited extremely reliable operation and proper interplay between the various technical systems, in particular the cryoplant, the superconducting magnet system, the device control, and the microwave tubes of the ECRH system. Download the April newsletter from the Technology Collaboration Programme on Stellarator-Heliotron Concept (SH TCP).
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. Wendeslstein 7-X is one of the devices co-ordinated through the Technology Collaboration Programme on Stellarator-Heliotron (SH TCP). More...
Europe and Wendelstein 7-X
Read about the European fusion roadmap currently under development by 29 national European fusion laboratories, and an innovative concept developed to deal with the massive amount of data needed to monitor the W7-X interior. Visit the website of the TCP on Stellarator-Heliotron (SH TCP) to download the June 2015 Stellarator News here.
20th International Stellarator-Heliotron workshop
The 20th International Stellarator-Heliotron Workshop (ISHW) took place in Greifswald, 5-9 October 2015. The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics hosted this workshop, which has taken place against the background of the first experiments in Wendelstein 7-X under the TCP on Stellarator-Heliotron (SH TCP). More...