Experiments with tritium are rare events which spark curiosity amongst the fusion community both in Europe and beyond. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, home to JET, has just received the first batch of tritium as part of preparations for the next set of full tritium experiments scheduled in 2017/2018.
After months of preparation, the European Commission and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy signed the operation contract for Europe’s largest fusion experiment.
Scientists at JET, the world’s largest fusion energy research facility, have been deliberately melting parts of their own machine as they test materials for the fusion reactors of the future. These apparent acts of scientific vandalism are actually courageous experiments which have yielded valuable information for ITER.
Every component going into JET goes through the beryllium handling facility for a security screening and a passport check
Two days of celebrations took us from JET’s first pulse – a tiny blip on an oscilloscope – to its current role as the biggest tokamak in the world.
The world’s largest fusion device, the Joint European Torus (JET), has passed a landmark 30 years of operation – but researchers are firmly focused on JET’s continuing role as a test bed for the international fusion experiment ITER, being built in the south of France.
Maintenance completed, pump down has commenced on a “cleaner than expected” JET torus.