ITER, the most high-tech magnet in history

The world's most sophisticated superconducting magnet is made in ASG Superconductors premises. It is 14 m high, 9 m wide and weighs 110 tonnes—as much as a big line aircraft. This is the first of the 18 Toroidal Field (TF) coils that will operate in ITER, the biggest fusion machine that will demonstrate the feasibility of this energy source for the future. The coils will create a powerful magnetic cage that will entrap the fusion fuel which is expected to reach 150 million ° C. When powered with 68 000 A, the ITER TF coils will generate a magnetic field that will reach 11.8 Tesla—about 1 million times stronger than the magnetic field of the Earth!

Europe has manufactured the most high-tech magnet in history!