France, Cadarache: Last week a 14-metre long transformer supplied to ITER, world's largest tokamak, by a manufacturer in China was moved to its permanent location.

Giant Chinese transformer now in place at Iter

France, Cadarache: Last week a 14-metre long transformer supplied to ITER, world’s largest tokamak, by a manufacturer in China was moved to its permanent location.

Delivered to ITER in June, this 280 tonne transformer is the first of three similar components for the electrical network that will provide power to the installation’s “pulsed” systems, such as magnet power supplies and plasma heating systems, ITER said in a press release.

Before the transformer becomes operational, it will need to be filled with insulating oil and fitted with bushings and other equipment, bringing its total weight to 460 tonnes.

Two other transformers are due to arrive from China in early 2017 to be connected to the switchyard by the middle of the year.

Source: Iter