The assembly of Wendelstein 7-X has begun

After many years of calculations, preparation and fabrication of components, the Wendelstein 7-X project is now entering a new phase: in the Greifswald branch of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP - Institut fur Plasmaphysik ), the assembly of the fusion plant has started.

While industrial manufacturing is still in progress, the assembly of the large plant has been initialized with the threading of the first magnetic coil on the plasma container. The construction of the facility will last approximately 6 years.

The object of fusion research is to reproduce the phenomena existing in the sun and which make it possible to obtain fusion energy from atomic nuclei. To start this fusion fire, a hydrogen plasma must be confined in magnetic fields and carried at temperatures of more than 100 million degrees Celsius. Once completed, Wendelstein 7-X will be the largest Stellarator fusion facility in the world. Its purpose will be to analyze the suitability of plants of this type for nuclear fusion.

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contacts:
- internet: http://www.ipp.mpg.de
Sources: Depeche idw, IPP Press Release, 19 / 04 / 2005
Editor: Nicolas Condette, nicolas.condette@diplomatie.gouv.fr

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