Milestones

JET was conceived and built by the members of the European Fusion Programme and has been operated jointly since 1983.


Sketch of JET Zoom Image
Sketch of JET

1973
Beginning of design work

1977
Culham site is chosen and the construction work begins

25th June 1983
Very first plasma achieved at JET

9th April 1984
JET officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

9th November 1991
The world’s first controlled release of fusion energy

1993
JET converted to Divertor configuration

1997
World record! JET produces 16 megawatts of fusion power

1998
Remote Handling first used for in-vessel work

2000
The collective use of JET and its scientific programme becomes managed through the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA)

2006
JET starts operation with ITER-like magnetic configurations

2009-2011
Installation of the ITER-Like Wall (beryllium and tungsten)

2011 onwards
Experimenting with the new wall

 
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