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GTD awarded with a 5 M€ contract to deliver critical software engineering for ITER fusion reactor

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Visualization courtesy of Jamison Daniel, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (foto ITER)

Fusion for Energy (F4E), the European Union’s organisation for Europe’s contribution to ITER , has entrusted GTD with the responsibility to conduct services for Instrumentation and Control of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. After a demanding tender procedure, GTD has been awarded a Framework Contract for a maximum period of five years and a total budget over five million EUR to deliver services in the areas of software and control to integrate the ITER plant systems.

The envisaged activities range from the implementation of the interface between industrial supplied systems and ITER CODAC, to the development of the complete control systems of a plant, including all the software and hardware required to support the implementation of plasma diagnostics control systems. For the implementation of the contract, GTD will count on the collaboration of three nominated subcontractors: United Kingdom’s Atomic Energy Authority - Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), CREATE - Research Consortium for Energy, Automation and Electromagnetism Technologies and IPFN - Institute for Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion.  F4E works together with European industry, SMEs and research organisations to develop and provide a wide range of high technology components together with engineering, maintenance and support services for the ITER project. ITER is a first-of-a-kind global collaboration. It will be the world's largest experimental fusion facility and is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power. It is expected to produce a significant amount of fusion power (500 MW) for about seven minutes. Fusion is the process which powers the sun and the stars. When light atomic nuclei fuse together form heavier ones, a large amount of energy is released. Fusion research is aimed at developing a safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy source. Europe will contribute almost half of the costs of ITER’s construction, while the other six parties to this joint international venture (China, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA), will contribute equally to the rest. The site of the ITER project is in Cadarache, in the South of France.

For GTD this new Contract is the continuation of the previous Framework Contract awarded in 2013 for a period of four years and a total budget of five million EUR.