Energizing the future

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today, placed at Cadarache in south-eastern France, is a globe-spanning collaboration of 35 nations (the ITER Members are China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States) that have combined resources to conquer one of the greatest frontiers in science—reproducing on Earth the boundless energy that fuels the Sun and the stars.

ITER consists of a scientific installation rising on a 42-hectare (100 acre) site in southern France, fabrication activities for the ITER machine and systems that are underway all over the globe. The experimental campaign that will be carried out at ITER is crucial to advancing fusion science and preparing the way for the fusion power plants of tomorrow.

We are proud to have contributed over 40.000 hours, and provided a wide range of expert teams involved in the integration, redesign and energizing processes of different installations, as well as in R&D works on the Tokamak’s optical system for visible-infrared observation and CFD calculations tasks related to its cooling system, who worked side by side with reference companies and institutions.

Our activity has been mainly divided in two areas:

Integration and redesign of the substations PBS41 and PBS43. CT’s Electrical Engineering team has been CT has been working with Siemens in order to contribute to Ferrovial’s mission of supplying and operating a 1200 MVA high-voltage network for the whole installation, including two substations and seven transformers.

We started doing the integration and redesign of the existing engineering on the 22 kV and 6,6 kV substations of the American part (PBS43). We have also worked on the complete integration of all the different parts (400 kV, 66 kV, 22 kV and 6,6 kV) in the two huge substations of the project, the American one (PBS43) and the Chinese one (PBS41). We have already energized the substations of the American, 400 kV, 22 kV & 6,6 kV Substation (PBS43) as well as the Chinese 400 kV Substation (PBS41) and delivered all schematics of Chinese Substations (PBS41) .

TOKAMAK (ITER) (2017-2019). CT collaborated with CIEMAT in the mechanical design of the visible and infrared spectrum diagnostics system of the Tokamak nuclear fusion reactor. CT also designed the system for assembly and regulation of the optical elements and diagnostics system. During 2016- 2017, CT has had an expert in complex CFD calculations working on Tokamak’s cooling system at the ITER facilities in Cadarache.

Taking part in ITER to be the first fusion device to maintain fusion for long periods of time and to test the integrated technologies, materials, and physics regimes necessary for the commercial production of fusion-based electricity, is a huge challenge, pride and opportunity for CT.

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