Posted on: 2nd December 2016
Max Planck institute for Plasma Physics’ (IPP) facts at a glance:
• Campus locations: Garching and Greifswald
• One of the largest fusion research centres in europe (workforce: ~1,100)
• Coordinator of EUROfusion and host to the Eurofusion programme management unit
• Operator of ASDEX Upgrade (Garching) and Wendelstein 7-X (Greifswald)
ASDEX Upgrade is at the centre of Eurofusion’s medium size tokamak work package along with MAST Upgrade (UK) and TCV (Switzerland). It is the only tokamak in Europe with a completely metal-clad vessel wall. Thanks to their similarly-shaped plasma cross-sections, ASDEX Upgrade and JET form a stepladder to ITER for scaling experiments.
Wendelstein 7-X is the world’s largest stellarator type fusion device. It has modular superconducting coils that enable steady state plasma operation, and test optimised magnetic fields for confining plasma.