Context and challenges
ITER is a large energy project, aiming to develop the largest experimental fusion reactor ever built, in order to offer a safe, inexhaustible and environmentally friendly source of energy.
A specific equipment, Divertor Remote Handling System (DRHS) will be deployed inside the lower region of the ITER tokamak to remotely remove, replace and reconnect the 54 Divertor Cassettes. The complex maintenance operations includes remote cutting, welding, and reconnecting various service connections, and high precision in-vessel lifting and handling of the 10-ton cassettes.
This client, the European domestic agency for ITER, awarded Assystem a 7-year framework contract for delivery of the Divertor Remote Handling System (DRHS) for the ITER project. Assystem led the European project team including support from industry (Wälischmiller GmbH, Tamlink), national laboratories (UKAEA RACE) and universities (Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Tampere University of Technology (TUT)).