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Congratulations on start of assembly of ITER project

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ITER Organization celebrate the start of assembly of the ITER project

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to the ceremony for the start of assembly of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), which took place on 28 July at the megaproject's headquarters in southern France.

Noting that science is not bound by national borders and innovation is an endless endeavour, Xi said in the message that international scientific and technological cooperation is critical to addressing global challenges faced by mankind.The ITER project embodies the human desire for the peaceful use of fusion energy, Xi said, adding that since the launch of the project, China has honored its international commitments, and Chinese entities and scientific researchers have taken on difficult tasks and collaborated closely with international colleagues, contributing Chinese wisdom and strength to the smooth progress of the program. The active explorations and practices through the past over 10 years have fully proved that open exchanges are a key route for exploring scientific frontiers.

The ITER program, the world's largest and most important international scientific research project, is cooperated by more than 30 countries from the seven parties, namely China, the European Union, Russia, the United States, Japan, Korea and India. China officially joined the program in 2006. The ITER project is of great significance to fundamentally solve the energy, environmental and social sustainable development problems faced by mankind.

HUST has made significant contributions to China's participation in the ITER project. In order to better cultivate and reserve talents for ITER, China officially joined the ITER program. In the same year, our school built the J-TEXT tokamak device, which is the only one among domestic universities and one of three tokamak devices in China. We can say that J-TEXT is born from ITER, which has the same age as China joined ITER. Based on this device, our school established the Institute of Fusion and Plasma, the Magnetic Confinement Fusion Research Center of the Ministry of Education, and the International Joint Research Laboratory of Magnetic Confinement Fusion and Plasma Physics. The Institute of Fusion and Plasma is also an important part of the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Electromagnetic Engineering and Technology of HUST (hereinafter referred to AEET).

With the support of China International Nuclear Fusion Energy Program Execution Center of MOST and the Ministry of Education, AEET has fully participated in the research and development of key science and technology in the ITER project. AEET participated in the design of the ITER poloidal field power converter and solved many design problems such as current sharing of the bridge arm of the magnet power converter of ITER device, thus providing important support for the development of key components of the converter. Many members of AEET have become experts of ITER Physics Research Group (ITPA), focusing on the research of plasma instability and rupture mitigation. At present, the experimental data of instability and rupture mitigation on J-TEXT have been included in the rupture mitigation calibration database by ITER. In particular, the J-TEXT device has also obtained the world's highest escape current dissipation rate, which is designated by ITPA as the preliminary testing device for SPI rupture mitigation system on ITER.

HUST also signed the Academic and Scientific Cooperation Agreement with ITER, becoming the first university in China to sign this agreement. Under the framework of the cooperation agreement, HUST signed the ITER Project Partner Execution Agreement with the ITER Organization and China International Nuclear Fusion Energy Program Execution Center, and sent the first ITER partner to ITER to take charge of the research and development of the diagnostic system of the curved crystal spectrometer. AEET also undertook a large number of ITER domestic supporting R&D projects, and obtained more than 50 projects such as ITER special projects, National Key R&D Program of China, 973 Program, etc. The J-TEXT device has also been included in the "China Fusion Roadmap."

The mission of AEET in the field of fusion is to cultivate top talents for China and the international fusion industry. At present, many talents cultivated by AEET have joined the ITER Organization, domestic fusion research institutes and universities such as Institute of Plasma Physics at Chinese Academy of Sciences, Southwestern Institute of Physics, as well as foreign fusion research institutions such as Princeton University, General Atomics, etc. For two consecutive years, AEET has been supported by the ITER Special Talent Project. Its team members have won the Asia-Pacific Conference on Plasma Physics DPP Young Researcher Award, U30 Scientist and Student Award, etc. Our alumnus currently serves as the Deputy Director of the ITER Engineering Domain, who is the highest-level Chinese expert currently working in the ITER Organization.

As ITER officially enters into the new starting point of the machine assembly, AEET will continue to contribute to the construction and scientific research of ITER in the future. Furthermore, AEET will actively participate in the research and development of China fusion engineering experimental reactor, making more contributions to the development and utilization of nuclear fusion energy for human beings.

Host machine assembly at the ITER site

J-TEXT device

The ITER poloidal field power converterdesigned by AEET is assembled at the ITER site in France

J-TEXT device achieves the world's highest escape current dissipation rate

China Fusion Roadmap