Gigantic fusion reactor gets the green light

Posted on May 26, 2006 

Gigantic fusion reactor gets the green light

Plans to develop the most advanced nuclear fusion reactor to date were signed off by officials from the EU, the US, Russia and four Asian nations on Wednesday.

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) will be built in Cadarache, in southern France. The entire project is worth about €10 billion ($13 billion) and is expect to run for 30 years. “This is a truly crucial moment, for the ITER project and for global scientific co-operation in general,” EU Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik said at the signing ceremony.

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