WEST international partners have come from China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea and USA to share the progress on the project, joining efforts to achieve the common objective : first plasma in 2016.
Exchanging views at the 2nd WEST Governing Board : X. Duan (SWIP, China) and P. Lorenzetto (F4E, Europe)
The 2nd WEST Governing Board took place on March 5, 2015 in Cadarache, gathering more than 30 experts from world leading fusion research institutes, as well as representatives from the ITER Organization, the EUROfusion consortium, and the European and Japanese Domestic Agencies, in charge of procuring the ITER divertor targets. CEA and WEST international partners reported on the progress achieved during the past year, as well as on plans for 2015. The updated project schedule was presented, targeting first plasma by mid 2016. A consolidated version of the WEST Research Plan was outlined, based on the scientific output gathered during the WEST international workshop held in summer 2014. The proposal for the implementation of the WEST scientific programme was approved, with two Task Forces in charge of preparing by fall 2015 an international call for interest for the first WEST experimental campaigns. A specific point was dedicated to the procurement of the ITER grade tungsten actively cooled plasma facing units (PFU), as the full actively cooled divertor ring is required for the second phase of WEST exploitation, in order to address long pulse operation and the associated PFU ageing.
In his concluding remarks, the chair of the WEST Governing Board, G. Fioni, director of the Physical Sciences Division of CEA, warmly thanked the participants for their commitment to the project and praised the team spirit that developed amongst WEST partners to support the future ITER divertor procurement and operation.
Last update : 04/17 2015 (33)