The six-day 27th International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fusion Energy Conference (FEC) which begins on Monday in Gandhinagar, will provide an opportunity to for India to showcase its domestic thermonuclear fusion programme, consisting of the flagship Rs 235 crore Steady State Tokamak (SST-1), India’s first experimental fusion reactor with superconducting magnetic coils, and the smaller tokamak, the Aditya Upgrade.
Scientists at the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) have a long list of contributions to the smaller Aditya tokamak, including its fast feedback controls. In the case of the SST-1, they have been trying to solve issues of very small “heat leakages” and voltage instabilities since last December. At the IPR’s tokamaks, scientists have been trying to replicate temperatures hotter than the sun’s core and a magnetic field 20,000-30,000 times that of the earth’s normal magnetic field.
With some of the world’s best fusion energy scientists converging for the FEC along with participants from the department of atomic energy (DAE), IPR director Dr Shahshank Chaturvedi said, “This will be an opportunity for IPR to interact and find solutions to get SST-1 back into campaign mode.” Read More
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