A seven strong delegation consisting of leaders from Swedish industry and research organisations in the fusion area visited the EFDA CSU Garching (Germany) on 8 and 9 September 2003. The Swedish guests were interested in the latest developments of the ITER project as well as in seeing the plans for long term research in fusion. The actual aim of their study tour was to find out new ways to strengthen the contribution of Sweden in the fusion programme, especially in the area of industrial contracts. Sweden is an active partner of the fusion research community and is looking for possible areas of interest for their own industry.

During the two days, several presentations and discussions were held starting with an overview by the ITER Interim Project Leader, Dr. Y. Shimomura, on the situation of the ITER project and followed by the EFDA Associate Leader for Technology, Dr. R. Andreani, about the goals and achievements of the EFDA technology development programme. In the meeting, all the fields of special interest of the guests were discussed, after introductions by the EFDA field coordinators, such as Vessel/In-vessel, Diagnostics, Site preparation, Materials and Safety. First of all, new potential areas for deepening the co-operation were identified. It was agreed that the technical challenges and complexity of ITER and fusion are in general on a very high level but they exceed the capabilities of European industry only in some limited areas. Plasma heating systems and diagnostics are such items, where the ITER project is still dependent on the technical capability of the laboratories of the EFDA Associations. The management and financing structures of the project were also discussed and the need for new models not so far employed in industrial history was clearly foreseen.

Dr. R. Andreani confirmed that EFDA has an open policy regarding knowledge sharing with its partners: “We at EFDA are open to this kind of information exchange with organisations in our partner countries and are pleased to provide them with all the necessary additional information that they need in planning of activities.” He reminded his listeners that this kind of exchange is always useful to both parties: “Our Swedish guests, with their large experience of the present industrial practice on many fields important to ITER, can give us plenty of valuable feedback here at EFDA.”

At the end of the meeting, the members of the Swedish delegation expressed their satisfaction about their considerably improved knowledge level concerning the ITER project and, as the most important, awareness on the opportunities this project can present to Swedish industry. As professor Lars Börjesson from the Swedish Research Council stated: “We have to start to do our homework with our industry right now, to inform them on the possibilities, and find and motivate companies so that they are well prepared when the qualification for ITER procurement begins.”

Prof. L. Börjesson (Swedish Research Council, Deputy Secretary General, Natural and Engineering Sciences)


C. Dahlberg (Swedish Trade Council)


N. Hellström (Swedish Research Council, Industrial relations)


J.M. Holt (Studsvik Nuclear AB, President)


Dr. P. Karlsson (Swedish Research Council, Administrative Coordinator of the Swedish fusion programme)


Dr. J. Martinsson (former General Manager of R&D at ABB Sweden)



Dr. S.-I. Ragnarsson (Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems)