Is Nuclear Fusion Finally Poised To Deliver.
The international ITER Project, begun in 1985, is one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today, involving China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States. As signatories to the ITER Agreement, concluded in 2006, the seven members will share the cost of project construction, operation and decommissioning, including the experimental results and any intellectual property generated by the operational phase. Europe is responsible for the largest portion of construction costs (45.6 percent), and the remainder is shared equally by China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the US (9.1 percent each). In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that has been 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 will be the first fusion device to test the integrated technologies, materials, and physics regimes necessary for the commercial production of fusion-based electricity. This interesting article gives us a perspective of its genesis and progress.
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