Suzhou company lights up ‘artificial sun’
2018-01-31 17:37:00

Suzhou Thvow Technology is delivering vapor suppression tanks (VSTs), crucial parts in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France, a global initiative sometimes called an "artificial sun".

The four VSTs loaded on a ship in Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province on Jan. 28 will be assembled in the reactor, marking the first time Chinese VSTs have been exported to Europe.

Fabrication of the equipment demanded welding according to technological standards set by the United States, France and EU. It took Thvow only 15 months to finish the project compared to the usual delivery cycle of 30 months for similar nuclear power equipment.

Thvow joined China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) to win a global bidding competition for the equipment contract in May 2016, rising above competitors from the United States, Germany and other countries.

At a cost of about 15 billion euros, the ITER is the largest international scientific cooperation project in the world exploring commercial uses for fusion power. China has invested 4 billion yuan (about 600 million U.S. dollars) in the ITER project over the past 10 years, the Ministry of Science and Technology said.

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