It seems like the international fusion research community could hardly wait for it to happen:
On 16th of July, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) announced the first magnetic field in the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator. Well-known fusion scientists from all over the world congratulated the institute and its researchers for reaching this essential milestone in operational preparations. Later this year, Wendelstein 7-X will produce its first plasma. With the help of IPP Fusion in Europe compiled a selection of the congratulations:

My compliments on this success! Today, I’m even more pleased that Wendelstein 7-X has become an integral part of the European Fusion Roadmap.

Prof Tony Donné, EUROfusion Programme Manager

Image: EUROfusion


Image: private

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the entire U.S. collaboration team are extremely excited to see the initial field line mapping results from the Wendelstein 7-X device. We applaud the IPP team and Max Planck Institute […].We look forward to continuing
to work with our German colleagues on this intriguing scientific experiment and
to its coming important research contributions to fusion energy.

Dr David A. Gates, Stellarator Physics Leader, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, USA

What a great step!! Congratulations! Looking forward seeing the real […] soon.

Prof Hiroshi Yamada, National Institute of Fusion Science, Tokio, Japan


Image: private


Image: private

Congratulations to you and the IPP team on this monumental achievement. It bodes
very well for a rich and productive programme in the coming years and represents a great
leap forward for the international stellarator program.

Prof John Howard, Director of the Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility, Head of
the Plasma Research Laboratory at Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

The successful first operation […] is a major technical milestone for which the entire IPP team must be congratulated.[…] Its result will be transformational towards our understanding of transport, stability and boundary plasmas in stellarators, and bring us closer to producing intrinsically steady-state, high fusion performance plasmas.

Prof Dennis G. Whyte, Director, Plasma Science and Fusion Center,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Image: private