Scientists from all over the world have come together via ITER (Latin for “the way”) to work toward a lofty goal: Harnessing energy produced by the fusion of atoms to help meet the world’s future energy needs.
ITER is a large-scale scientific experiment intended to demonstrate the viability of fusion as an energy source, and to collect the data necessary for the design and subsequent operation of the first electricity-producing fusion power plant. Launched as an idea for international collaboration in 1985, the ITER Agreement includes China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States, and represents over half of the world's population.
In Cadarache, southern France, ITER construction is underway. The seven ITER Members have shared in the design of the installation, the creation of the international project structure, and in its funding. Manufacturing of components for ITER has begun by Members all over the world; the level of coordination required for the successful fabrication of over one million parts for the ITER Tokamak alone is creating a new model of international scientific collaboration.
US contributions to ITER are managed as a Department of Energy Office of Science project, hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (under the direction of UT-Battelle), with partners Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Savannah River National Laboratory.
AREVA Federal Services LLC (AFS) and the TCWS
US ITER manages AFS to complete the design and fabrication of the ITER Tokamak Cooling Water System (TCWS). Heat generated by ITER will be transferred by the TCWS to the environment through the secondary cooling system. The TCWS is a complex piping network that is subdivided into four primary heat transfer subsystems with supporting functions performed by three additional subsystems. It removes heat that is generated by the plasma and absorbed by ITER's internal components and vacuum vessel while controlling the temperature of the device's Neutral Beam Injector. The system also will be used for baking and drying to support operations.
The following equipment and components necessary for fabrication of the ITER TCWS will be procured by AFS:
• Auto, Manual & Relief Valves
• Control Panels
• Degasifier Skid
• Demineralizer Skid
• Electrical Motors and I&Cs
• Electric Heaters
• Heat Exchangers
• Instrument Transmitters
• Moisture Separators
Potential Suppliers and the TCWS
Potential Suppliers must be pre-qualified in order to receive a solicitation. Information will be validated no later than 30 days prior to any sourcing action.
You are requested to electronically complete the on-line registration process. Any documentation supporting your registration shall be e-mailed to iter.supplychain@AREVA.com.
Please include the financial, technical and quality information required so your company can be pre-qualified as a potential source. Qualification status will be communicated within 90 days of reviewing responses.
AREVA invites you to respond to a questionnaire that will enable us to better know your business, areas of expertise, references and certifications.
Focus on the ITER US project
ITER is a major international research project to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy.