Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is to make two toroidal field coils for the ITER1 thermonuclear experimental reactor currently being built in France.

The reactor (pictured) is being built by the ITER International Fusion Energy Organization to demonstrate the viability of fusion energy as “an infinite, safe and environmentally compatible energy resource”.

Seven partners are taking part in the international project: Japan, the EU, the US, Russia, Korea, China and India, and the order to MHI has come from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

The ITER is to be configured from a total of 19 toroidal field coils and Japan has been consigned to provide nine.

MHI will provide the plates for inserting the superconductors and the containers to hold the actual coils. Mitsubishi Electric Corp is in charge of producing the coil winding packs. 

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