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Members of the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP F4E) assists the Governing Board and Director in engineering, scientific and technological matters related to ITER, the Broader Approach and preparations for demonstration fusion reactors (DEMO).

ITER, meaning "the way" in Latin, is a major international experiment with the aim of demonstrating the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion as an energy source. It will be 30 times more powerful than the Joint European Torus (JET) which is currently the largest comparable experiment operating in the world. ITER aims to produce a significant amount of fusion power (500MW) for about 7 minutes or 300MW for 50 minutes. ITER will allow scientists and engineers to develop the knowledge and technologies needed to proceed to a next phase of electricity production through fusion power stations.

The idea of  ITER as an international experiment was first proposed in 1985 and started as collaboration between the former Soviet Union, the United States, the European Union and Japan under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Premier Gorbachev, following discussions with President Mitterand of France, proposed to President Reagan that an international project be set up to develop fusion energy for peaceful purposes. A collaboration between the Soviet Union, the United States, the European Union and Japan was fostered and a detailed design was agreed in 2001. On 24 October 2007, following ratification by all the parties, the ITER Agreement entered into force.

Today, the international consortium consists of the People's Republic of China, the European Union, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States. Together they represent over one half of the world’s population and a diverse range of economies. By working together, the seven parties are committing themselves to a global response to a global challenge – assuring sustainable energy resources. By ensuring the best possible knowledge is put into ITER, it will be all the more likely that a viable energy source will emerge at the end of the project.

It is a very important step to bring together the most advanced nations in the world to co-operate in the development of a major potential new technology. The challenges of the ITER project require the best technological and scientific expertise, which can best be harnessed by pooling resources globally. The ITER Agreement is open for accession by or co-operation with other countries that have demonstrated a capacity for specific technologies and knowledge and are ready to contribute to the project.

ITER is being constructed at Cadarache in the South of France. Europe, as the host party, and France, as the host state, has special responsibilities for the success of the project. In particular, Europe supports 45% of the construction cost and 34% of the cost of operation, deactivation and decommissioning of the facility as well as preparing the site. Europe’s contribution to ITER is managed by F4E.

youtube:   The future of fusion with ITER

youtube:   World’s largest puzzle: assembly of the ITER tokamak

youtube:   ITER the great adventure of fusion 

website:  ITER

website:  F4E

website:  the technical advisory panel of F4E

1     MoM-ITER   link  to the artwork in concept

2     aggregation state: solid / ice

3     Dr Vincent Massaut   SCK.CEN   Belgium

4     Dr André Grosman   CEA   France   Vice-Chair of the Technical Advisory Panel

5     Susana Clement-Lorenzo  Senior Administrator at Fusion for Energy

6     Dr Pascal Garin CEA   France

7     Dr Wolfgang Biel   Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH   Germany

8     Prof Marek Rubel   Royal Institute of Technology   Sweden

9     Dr Flavio Crisanti   ENEA-Frascati   Italy

10   Dr Horacio Fernandes   Instituto Superior Técnico   Portugal

11   Dr Joaquín Sánchez Sans   CIEMAT   Chair of the Technical Advisory Panel

12   Prof Nawal Prinja   AMEC Power and Process Europe   UK

13   Dr Noud Oomens   FOM Institute DIFFER   The Netherlands

14   Dr Javier Alonso  CIEMAT   Spain

15   fundament of the tokamak in Cadarache

16   stars

MoM - TAP - F4E       2015

members of the Technical Advisory Panel related to ITER

MoM-ITER   artwork in concept  2015

The work is conceived on the size 1.5 x 2 meters