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Photon Control (TSX:PHO) subsidiary lends expertise to world’s largest fusion experiment
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  • Photon Control (PHO) subsidiary Micronor will lend its fiber optic expertise to ITER, the world’s largest fusion experiment
  • ITER aims to demonstrate magnetic fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy
  • Micronor developed an optical encoder to measure accurate position in extreme conditions for the ITER vacuum vessel
  • Micronor was founded to solve the problem of sensing motion by utilizing only light
  • Photon Control designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of optical sensors and systems to measure temperature and position
  • Photon Control (PHO) is down 2.4 per cent and is currently trading at C$2.44 per share

Photon Control (PHO) subsidiary Micronor will lend its fiber optic expertise to ITER, the world’s largest fusion experiment.

ITER, or the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, aims to demonstrate magnetic fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy for future fusion power plants.

Thirty-five nations are currently collaborating on the project. Micronor developed an optical encoder beyond industry standards to measure accurate position in extreme conditions for the ITER vacuum vessel.

The company engaged in this work in collaboration with Fusion For Energy, the organization managing Europe’s contribution to ITER.

F4E  works with European industry, SMEs and research organizations to provide high technology components together with engineering, maintenance and support services for the ITER project. 

"Micronor encoders record two of the three dimensions of the mapping of the ITER components, meaning they are key to the performance of the system. F4E has been hugely impressed by the in-depth technological expertise of the Micronor team, and their willingness to push beyond the minimum performance requirements. We look forward to integration of the encoders in a full-scale prototype in the coming months," said the F4E team.

"We are very proud of being part of this ambitious endeavor. Though it is a small piece in the puzzle, being able to support such an important project with our unique technology acquired over two decades of hard work and dedication is extremely fulfilling," said Robert Rickenbach, Chief Engineer at Micronor. 

Micronor was founded to solve the problem of sensing motion by utilizing only light.

Photon Control designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of optical sensors and systems to measure temperature and position. 

Photon Control (PHO) is down 2.4 per cent and is currently trading at C$2.44 per share as of 11:16 am ET.

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