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'The importance of this contract is that certain aspects of the functioning of the ITER plant would be impossible without the sophisticated robotic handling systems we are working on and, as such, they are part of that proof that fusion can, in the end, provide a sustainable energy source for the future.'Feature12Artist's impressions give an idea of the scale and complexity of the robots which will be essential to the success of ITER.Jon Montgomerie, Chief Engineer, European Remote Handling Alliance

The award by Fusion for Energy (F4E), the EU organisation responsible for Europe's contribution to the world's biggest fusion energy project, is the largest nuclear robotics contract ever awarded to a UK company.Amec Foster Wheeler is leading the project with support from a host of other specialists, including the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Reel SAS of France and Walischmiller Engineering of Germany.Jon Montgomerie (pictured), Chief Engineer on the contract, said that the nuclear fission industry has used remote handling in various forms right from its inception and that technology has evolved so that it better meets the increasing needs.A prestigious seven-year contract at the ITER fusion reactor in the South of France further highlights Amec Foster Wheeler's skill and expertise in the field of robotics handling."In Amec Foster Wheeler we have delivered a number of projects through robotic handling but this seven-year contract, worth around €70 million, is a major step forward for us."ITER will, in very simple terms, recreate the reaction that is going on in the centre of the sun held within a vacuum and constrained by large magnetic fields. "This creates an environment inaccessible to people, so remote handling systems need to be created to allow all sorts of tasks to be performed."Jon said that, over the projected seven year development and delivery phase, hundreds of people will need to be involved with a wider variety of skills.He added: "Once installed and commissioned, the system will be operated by ITER staff, trained by us, working from a control room safely shielded from the environment of the neutral beam cell and about 100 metres away from it. "All operations will not only be carried out remotely but also viewed remotely and monitoring operations will be entirely by CCTV."The feasibility of fusion as an energy source will be verified by the functioning of the ITER experiment itself and ultimately proven by the follow up plant – called DEMO – which will be the world's first prototype fusion power station.Robots take big step forward on the road to fusion13