JT-60SA: Inauguration ceremony

On Friday December 1st 2023 starting at 6:00 CET, the Inauguration Ceremony of the JT-60SA tokamak will take place at Naka site in Japan, hosted by the National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST) and Fusion for Energy, with representatives and guests from both Japan and Europe. The Director of the CNR Department of Physical science and material technologies, Dr. Stefano Fabris, is representing CNR and the event can be followed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZbdDfJrXb8

After more than 10 years of joint effort, the JT-60SA tokamak has been now completed and started its experiments in October 2023. This is a major milestone in the project and the fusion community. JT-60SA will play a crucial role in advancing fusion research by providing new valuable knowledge that will feed into ITER and future fusion reactors.

JT-60SA, designed and built as part of the “Broader Approach” agreement, is a significant achievement for the scientific community and industry. Italy, through its government, ENEA, companies, the RFX consortium and CNR, has also contributed to this milestone.

EUROfusion, the European Consortium for the Development of Fusion Energy, contributes scientifically to JT-60SA in collaboration with Japanese national institutes for quantum science and technology located in Naka. A dedicated EUROfusion project, coordinated by an ISTP-CNR researcher with participation of Italian and European researchers, supports activities related to physical modelling and simulation for experiment preparation and analysis, development of advanced diagnostic systems, and participation in device operations.

Press Release from CNR “Energia: inaugurato in Giappone reattore a fusione, successo anche italiano

In the image on the left: Sam Davis, the deputy project leader, the European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, together with Japan’s Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Masahito Moriyama, and Japan’s Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, Sanae Takaichi. Pressing the button they initiated the sequence to generate the plasma in JT-60SA. © ITER Organization, http://www.iter.org/

In the image on the right: JT-60SA, the largest operating tokamak in the world. ©F4E/QST.