Manipulators for ITER Fusion for Energy (F4E)

Carr’s Engineering subsidiary Walischmiller delivers remote handling system to ITER

Markdorf, Deutschland (18 Mai 2015) – Wälischmiller Engineering has been awarded a contract by Fusion For Energy (F4E) for the development and delivery of the Neutral Beam Cell Remote Handling System on the ITER fusion reactor at Cadarache in the South of France.

F4E is the European Union organisation responsible for Europe’s contribution to ITER – the world’s biggest fusion energy project.

remote_handling_iterThis order attests that Wälischmiller Engineering is a reliable partner and a recognized supplier for manipulators and remote handling solutions.

“We are proud, that we won this bid and that we play a major role in the development of future nuclear technology.” said Claudia Reich, managing director of Wälischmiller Engineering.

The Remote Handling system in the Neutral Beam Cell is crucial to the success of ITER. The project aims to demonstrate the technical feasibility of nuclear fusion as a future power source.
The Neutral Beam injectors are used to heat up the plasma inside the reactor until it is hot enough for fusion to take place; during outages, the complex internal systems of these machines, each the size of a bus, must be maintained, repaired and replaced completely remotely, which is the task of the NB-RHS.

erhaAmec Foster Wheeler will lead the project as prime contractor with specialist sub-contractors, CCFE – Culham Centre for Fusion, the UK’s Fusion National Laboratory, Reel SAS of France, Wälischmiller Engineering GmbH of Germany, Hyde Group of UK, Capula of UK, VTT the Technical Research Centre of Finland, TUT – Tampere University of Technology, Finland and “KU Leuven – MAGyICs” of Belgium.