Acting as a support to ITER, a project of worldwide significance, the WEST platform offers numerous possibilities to all ITER stakeholders, industrial and academic partners on both a national and international scale. Collaboration agreements have already been concluded with several partners who wish to join the project as early as the implementation phase of WEST; the platform will be mostly open to the scientific community and industrialists at the time of its operational phase.
Above all else, WEST will be an excellent test platform for preparing the implementation of ITER and its scientific operation. It will enable both domestic agencies in charge of supplying elements and industrialists involved in their production to validate certain components in conditions close to those of ITER before their actual delivery to the ITER Organization: the focus will beput on the divertor components; WEST will enable researchers to make tangible progress in many technological fields: measurement instruments, material resistance but it will also lead to a thorough understanding of the physical phenomena linked to fusion.
The Director-General of ITER supports the WEST Project and clearly made this understood when he stated that WEST will:
“undoubtedly offer ITER substantial benefit in terms of risk mitigation concerning the divertor material and operational strategy, provided the platform can be implemented on the timescale proposed.”
“I am thus fully convinced of the high pertinence of the WEST proposal as a key element of the R&D activities which must progress throughout the ITER partners in support of the ITER divertor procurement and implementation.”
This is why the CEA has now developed common plans with both European and Japanese domestic agencies (F4E and JADA) whose mission is to build the ITER divertor in order to maximize their use of the project within the framework of their procurement responsibilities.
The WEST Project is open to international collaboration outside of Europe as well. Many cooperation agreements were signed between the CEA and Fusion Institutes around the world (Chinese Institutes : SouthWestern Institute of Physics (SWIP, Chengdu) and Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP, Hefei) ; Institute for Plasma Research (IPR, Gujarat, India) ; US Department of Energy (DOE) ; Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Micri-fusion (IPPLM, Poland) ; National Fusion Research Institute and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (NFRI and UNIST, Koera).
On the European level, many laboratories involved in the study of the interaction of plasma-metallic walls have already expressed their interest in this work. A concerted programme on a European scale will address the utmost import mission of controlling plasma wall interactions, such as ponted out the European fusion roadmap.
Thus, many laboratories of the Research Federation on Magnetic Fusion (FR-FCM) which includes a total of approximately forty laboratories throughout France are already involved in the WEST Project.
Here are just a few of them for example:
Some diagnostics have been developed in partnership with these laboratories.
The Research Federation has also been eagerly called upon to elaborate the scientific programme in which it will participate once WEST is in operation.
The WEST Project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund, which is recognized as playing a significant role in the reinforcement of the scientific and technological potential territorial to the service of the growth and employment. The starting phase of the project was supported by a first grant of 1.750 M€, while the second phase was supported by an additional grant of 1.074 M€.
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Last update : 02/04 2016 (13)
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