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Constructing the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device 

A three-minute time lapse video shows the stages of construction of the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion device from 2005 through to 2014. The world's largest fusion stellarator device, the W7-X is co-ordinated through the TCP on Stellarator-Heliotron Concepts (SH TCP).     

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 TCP on Stellarator-Heliotron Concepts  (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 TCP on Stellarator-Heliotron Concepts (SH TCP).  More...


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