Power converters from Hyderabad

First In-Kind components from India dispatched to FAIR

"Flagging-off" by BARC-Director K. N. Vyas

Flagging-off function

Video conference with Darmstadt

HB.Q2 power converter (Photos: ECIL)

On Saturday 9th July 2016, India dispatched its first set of quality assured prototype power converters for the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe (FAIR GmbH). This marks the beginning of the in-kind deliveries expected from India. The flagging off ceremony was hosted at the Electronics Cooperation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad. ECIL, Hyderabad, is involved in design, manufacture and supply of around 600 power converters comprising 30 types for the programme. These power converters, foreseen for the High Energy Beamline Transport system (HEBT), empower the corresponding magnets to achieve high energy and precision beams of ions or antiprotons, and to deliver the beams for physics research to various types of experiments.


Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas, distinguished scientist and director of Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Mumbai was the Guest-of-honor at this event. He set the flag-off to the first of series power converters for the new accelerator complex at Darmstadt. Among the distinguished guests at the event were Dr. P. Sudhakar, Chairman of the ECIL, Dr. Alok Chakraborty, director of Variable Electron Cyclotron Centre (VECC), former VECC director Prof. Dinesh Chaturvedi, and Dr. Subasish Chattoppadhyay, programme director of the Indo-FAIR Coordination Centre (IFCC) at Bose-Institute as well as deputy spokesperson of the CBM experiment of FAIR, and many distinguished scientists and technical experts from India.


From Darmstadt, Germany, GSI Scientific Managing Director Prof. Karlheinz Langanke and FAIR project leader and Technical Director Dr. Jürgen Henschel joined the flagging-off ceremony remotely via video. The management congratulated Indian scientists for their milestone achievement and look forward for the forthcoming contributions from India.


India is the third largest contributor to FAIR and shareholder of FAIR GmbH, contributing about 36 million euros cash or in-kind to the FAIR project. India is participating on two large experimental FAIR pillars, CBM and NUSTAR, focused on fundamental science amounting up to 6 million euros. The research and development organisations of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) like BARC in Mumbai, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) in Indore, and VECC in Kolkata, are providing technical support to ECIL for design, development and manufacturing these power converters.

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