Tratos Technology Enables Next Step in World’s Biggest Nuclear Fusion Project

26 October 2020


This is to acknowledge the successful completion of the contract between ITER Organisation and Mis. Tratos Cavi SPA for supply of 132 kV single core, copper conductor, XLPE insulated, double screened, FRZH sheathed power cable vide ITER PO reference 4100008xxx dated 18.09.2019.

The world’s biggest ever magnetic confinement plasma physics experiment took a step closer to its ultimate goal last month (October 2020) with the arrival of its first mineral-insulated conductors from independent cable innovator, Tratos.

Tratos supplied special HV cable, delivering of 132 kV single core, copper conductor, XLPE insulated, double screened, FRZH sheathed power cable for this phase.  

In a letter acknowledging Tratos’ contribution, ITER High Voltage Electrical Engineer (Neutral Beam Section), Mr A.S., outlined the importance of the ITER experiment, designed to harness fusion power for limitless carbon-free energy, and the role of Tratos’ special HV cable in the development of a beam accelerator. Mr A.S. concluded his letter with praise for Tratos’ CEO saying: ‘Gifted are those who have a chance to adopt such principles from Tratos Academy and have a chance to work with such a leader.’

Almost ten years ago 35 ITER members entered into the 35-year collaboration to build and operate the ITER device.  A two-decade research programme was planned which would share experimental results and intellectual property with international stakeholders including China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States.  F4E (Fusion4Energy), managing Europe’s contribution, is responsible for manufacturing nearly half of the components, all buildings and infrastructure on-site.

The project’s ultimate goal is unlimited energy.  It was set up to explore the possibilities of fusion, the nuclear reaction that powers the Sun and the stars, as a source of safe, carbon neutral and potentially limitless energy.

ITER, designed as the key experimental step between today’s fusion research and tomorrow’s fusion power plants, is a massive undertaking involving around a million components and ten million parts.  The ITER Tokamak, designed to produce 500 MW of fusion power for 50 MW of input heating power (a power amplification ratio of 10), will be the largest and most powerful fusion device in the world and earn a place in history as the first fusion device to create net energy.

In acknowledging Mr A.S. comments Tratos President, Dr Albano Bragagni, said: “I am delighted to receive Mr A.S.’s letter and we continue to be incredibly excited and honoured to be involved in this incredible experiment.  All of the Tratos team working on designing and producing cable for the project are doing ground-breaking work and are rightly proud of their contribution.  They merit the praise for this excellent result.” Tratos’ President Albano Bragagni added his congratulations to the senior engineers and production team at the company for a monumental achievement that would help bring the project closer to its ambition of unlimited, carbon-neutral energy.

Check out Tratos Case Study on ITER for more information about the project.

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