A lot of power for the FAIR magnets: India supplies ultra-modern power converters


Highest quality for research is the principle at the future FAIR accelerator center. The sophisticated beam transport, which is guided by the magnetic fields produced by electromagnets weighing several tons, is one of the main contributions to this. To supply them with power, ultra-stable high power converters are needed. These high-tech components come from India and are an important contribution to the FAIR project. On the occasion of the completion of the first batch of power converters, Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, visited India with a delegation.

India, one of the founding members and shareholders of FAIR GmbH, is participating in the FAIR project with numerous in-kind contributions to the accelerator and several experiments. These include the most modern ultra-stable high-power converters (USHPC) for the FAIR magnets. They are being manufactured by the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) in association with Bose Institute of Kolkata with design assistance provided by the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC).

In a festive act at the ECIL site in Hyderabad, the first batch of 67 power converters was put on the road to shipment to Germany in the presence of the GSI and FAIR delegations. Jörg Blaurock and ECIL Managing Director Sanjay Chaubey, spoke of an important moment. "This is a special highlight of a ten-year journey in close cooperation with various institutions. We started from scratch and delivered what the nation has expected us to," said Sanjay Chaubey. Jörg Blaurock stressed: "ECIL is an important and reliable partner for us. We have a very successful cooperation. India is making a valuable contribution to the FAIR project with its in-kind deliveries".

In India and on the GSI and FAIR campus, in advance prototypes and first series specimens of the power converters had already successfully undergone extensive quality and performance tests. ECIL will produce a total of about 700 converters for the magnets of the large FAIR ring accelerator SIS100, the High-Energy Beam Transport HEBT and the Superconducting Fragment Separator Super-FRS.

The Electronic Corporation of India ECIL was setup in 1967 under the Indian Department of Atomic Energy with the aim of generating a strong indigenous capability in the field of high-performance electronics. The Institute has been involved already in several high-level international research programs, such as the supply of components for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of the European Nuclear Research Centre CERN. (BP)