After the central solenoid valve is completed, it will be a kiloton-level magnetic system, which will be installed in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)
The Central Solenoid (Central Solenoid, free translation) took ten years to build and will become the world’s largest magnet, 18 meters high, 4.6 meters wide, and weighing 1,000 tons. The system consists of six modules, each weighing 110 tons, and will be installed in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) to produce energy through nuclear fusion. Magnets are used to move and create the plasma flow required for atomic fusion.
General Atomics has begun shipping the world’s first largest magnet module to southern France for installation at ITER. Soon, if everything goes according to plan, the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor will be ready.
The ITER project has 35 partner countries and is responsible for funding part of the technology, research and development required for this component.The central solenoid valve magnet is by far the largest market share in the United States, the report Popular Mechanics. So far, no fusion reactor can generate more energy than it consumes, which poses a challenge to the production of clean energy. Researchers intend to use ITER to do this, and prove that nuclear fusion can become a clean energy and move towards a carbon-free future. ITER officials explained that the reactor will not be used for power generation, but as a test platform for the integration of technologies, materials and physical mechanisms required for commercial energy production.
The central solenoid magnet is the core of the ITER design and is described as the “heart” of the system, used to induce, control and shape the thermal plasma that generates energy. “At its core, a magnetic field with a strength of 13 Tesla will be generated, which is about 280,000 times stronger than the earth’s magnetic field. ITER explained in a statement that the support structure of the central solenoid valve must be able to withstand the equivalent of launching a space shuttle. Twice the propulsion force.
The process of sending the first of the six modules that make up the magnetic system has now begun, using dedicated heavy vehicles and taking place in a multi-stage journey. The first module will leave Houston by boat in July and will arrive in France at the end of August. The land transport phase should take place in September through a special road in the south of France.