The program of the technical tours will be precise soon.
Here is a brief description of the facilities that could be visited.
The Jules Horowitz Reactor (JHR) is an experimental reactor designed to provide scientific data on the behavior of nuclear materials and fuels under irradiation, in support of both existing and future nuclear reactors. The JHR will also be used for nuclear medicine needs, for it will provide 25% to 50% of the European Union’s annual needs in short-lived radioisotopes. Its commissioning is scheduled for 2021.
The Cadarache’s solar platform is an experimental installation created in the 80s to provide technological support to the National Solar Energy Institute (INES) of Chambery. Taking advantages of the significant sunshine, large stretches of available land and a long experimental tradition, it enables research in two domains : the improvement of the efficiency gain and the qualification of photovoltaic modules, and the qualification of thermal and thermodynamic systems (for heat, cold and electricity production, and water desalination).
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.
The technical and scientific success of two tokamaks, TORE SUPRA (currently renamed WEST –located at the CEA of Cadarache in France) and JET (in UK), have served in the elaboration of the international project. Based on deuterium-tritium fusion, ITER will be able to produce ten times more power than is necessary to heat long length plasmas.