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World nations inject $12.8-billion USD into the project

The Globe and Mail reports this week that the ITER nuclear fusion project has been approved for $12.8-billion USD. Although the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) has been in the planning and development stages for more than ten years, it is well supported by most of the world's leading countries that include the U.S., China, India, Russia, Japan, South Korea and the European Union.

DailyTech previously reported that the ITER project last met in Belgium, where the project was discussed for international support and funding. The main goal of the ITER project is to counter the effects of global warming and other environmentally harmful waste products that result from using fossil fuels. According to the ITER group, a nuclear fusion reactor will be able to produce energy by harnessing the same source of power that gives life to the sun.

The approval of the ITER project was accomplished at the Elysee Palace in Paris, where French president Jacques Chirac noted that "the growing shortage of resources and the battle against global warming demand a revolution in our ways of production and consumption." Many of the world leaders and leading scientists believe that nuclear fusion will be one of the primary sources of energy by the end of the century.

The first ITER reactor will be built in Cadarache, Provence. According to the report, the European Union will be funding 50-percent of the project while the remaining countries will each fund roughly 10-percent. The reactor is expected to create some 10,000 new jobs and take roughly eight years to build. 400 scientists around the world will manage the reactor and a demonstration power plant using nuclear fusion will be up and running by 2040.

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By Le Québécois on 11/25/2006 6:21:03 AM , Rating: 3
ITER is just one of the first step in creating a real fusion reactor. The way ITER will works is not a perfect fusion reaction.

Normally a fusion reaction like the sun uses it's own energy to nourish istself. ITER is different. It needs to be feed a little amount of energy from an outside source to works. From what I remember ITER will produce around 500MW while needing an external source of energy of 50MW to works.

That's why ITER has no chance to go BOOM. The second something wrong would happend in the reactor a security system would cut ITER energy sources and the fusion reaction will simply stop. The heat needed for the fusion reaction to survive the way ITER works can't be reach without this oustide source.

It's not like a Fission reactor : when the fission begins, it nourish itself and if nothing is done to controle or to stop the reaction, it will continue to do so until it explodes.

In the future if we ever are able to produce a reactor that can feed itself without an outside that could be dangerous...but for now ITER, even at full power is no danger at all.

It is as simple as to pull the plug of the wall.

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