Assembly of the largest ever thermonuclear fusion reactor ITER begins

In France, the assembly of the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), which will be the world’s largest magnetic confinement plasma physics experiment, has started on July 28, 2020. The largest nuclear fusion reactor to date begins construction next to the Cadarache facility in Saint-Paul-lès-Durance, in Provence, southern France.

The ITER is an experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers our Sun and stars. It has been in the works since 1985, and 35 countries are participating in the project directly or indirectly.

The ITER Members – China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United States – are now engaged in a 35-year collaboration to build and operate the ITER experimental device, and together bring fusion to the point where a demonstration fusion reactor can be designed.[…]

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