Mississippi’s Schulz XP is part of one of the biggest science experiments ever undertaken: the international ITER project. Schulz’s piping will help cool the fusion reactor and joins the more than 20 miles of pipeline needed for the project. Another key ORNL partner is Mississippi State University where students and faculty are contributing to understanding the stability of the national grid and building energy infrastructure resilience.
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Chosen for its unique capabilities, Schulz XP, part of PCC Energy Group, is delivering $30 million worth of large-diameter extruded piping for the international fusion reactor project known as ITER. The piping is part of the cooling water system for the tokamak, which contains the plasma that powers the reactor. Schulz’s piping, which meets French standards, represents a large portion of the 22-mile system that acts as a safeguard. US ITER, managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is responsible for the design and fabrication of the tokamak cooling water system.
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ORNL is partnering with Mississippi State University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in a project that aims to better understand and predict near-term reliability and resilience of the national grid. Specifically, scientists are looking at interdependencies across the bulk power system and natural gas supply infrastructure. This project builds on ORNL’s work on the Department of Energy’s North American Energy Resilience Model, a collaboration of national labs, industry, and academia providing a comprehensive model of North America’s energy sector infrastructure to predict and prepare for natural and manmade grid impacts.
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