China- France Science and Technology Cooperation

Jan 25, 2024 | By ZHAO Weiwei

The Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) has a long history of collaboration with France. It has yielded numerous fruitful memories as we look back at the history of Sino-French Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

In the 1980s, the French Atomic Energy Commission donated a flywheel generator to HFIPS for the construction of HT-7. Over the past four decades, the cooperation has many milestones, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences-French Atomic Energy Commission collaboration, Sino-French Fusion Joint Laboratory, and Sino-French Governmental Joint Fusion Center. These collaborative efforts have led to significant advancements in scientific research, particularly in the field of fusion energy.

In the 1980s, a flywheel generator unit was given by CEA to ASIPP, HFIPS. (Image by HFIPS)

In April 2016, the jointly developed WEST, equipped with ion cyclotron resonance heating antennas, was completed and delivered. (Image by HFIPS) 

 In November 2017, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) signed an agreement to establish the Sino-French Fusion Energy Center (SFFE). (Image by HFIPS)

In Nov. 2020, the filter component of the French WEST device jointly developed by China and France was completed and delivered. (Image by HFIPS)

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