Irvine, Calif. (PRWEB) December 24, 2008
Operation Technology, Inc. (OTI), developers of the ETAP enterprise solution for electrical power systems, has announced that the ITER Organization, a joint international research and development project, is using ETAP for the design and analysis of its power system. As a part of the research and development project, ITER's facility in Cadarache, France, will be the world's largest experimental site to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power.
When operational, ITER will study plasmas in conditions similar to those expected in an electricity-generating fusion power plant. It will generate 500 MW of fusion power for extended periods of time, ten times more than the energy input needed to keep the plasma stable. It will therefore be the first fusion experiment to produce net power. It will also test a number of key technologies, including the heating, control, diagnostic and remote maintenance that will be needed for a real fusion power station.
"We are proud to have the ITER Organization standardize on the ETAP Power System Solution and implement ETAP's state-of-the-art capabilities for one of the most advanced power-generating technologies," said Shervin Shokooh, Vice President of Engineering. "With worldwide demand for reliable energy on the rise, fusion energy has the potential to provide a clean, long-term solution, and we are supportive of such an imperative undertaking."
"The ITER Project selected ETAP as the electrical analysis tool for several reasons. The U.S. nuclear qualification ensures high level of quality. Moreover, in an international environment like ITER, ETAP demonstrated a high level of support in all the countries involved in the project," indicated Ivone Benfatto, Head of Electrical Engineering Division.
ETAP is used by ITER for a full spectrum of power system design and analysis, including load flow, short circuit, motor starting, reliability, ground grid design, and more.
ITER (http://www.iter.org) - "the way" in Latin - is the next step from today's experimental studies of plasma physics to tomorrow's electricity-producing fusion power plants. The overall mission of ITER is to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion as a safe energy source. The program is anticipated to last for 30 years - 10 for construction and 20 years of operation. ITER brings together seven funding partners, known as the ITER Parties. These are the European Union (represented by EURATOM), Japan, the People's Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA.
About Operation Technology, Inc.
Operation Technology, Inc. is the designer and developer of ETAP, the most comprehensive analysis platform for electrical power systems worldwide. With more than 50,000 licenses in over 100 countries, ETAP is used in all stages of the power process, from power generation, to transmission and distribution, to utilization. ETAP is used at 7 of the 10 largest U.S. petroleum refining companies, 8 of the 10 largest U.S. engineering construction firms, 18 of the 20 Top Design Firms, 56 of the 64 U.S. nuclear generation plants and all of the 10 largest U.S. utilities companies. For more information, visit http://www.etap.com