The multilateral collaborative project, International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) has been given the go ahead to fully construct the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor after complying with all the safety standards laid out by France, World Nuclear News reported on Tuesday.
ITER is a large-scale scientific experiment that aims to demonstrate that it is possible to produce commercial energy from nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion is the process in which the Sun and the stars produce the energy by fusing light nuclei of hydrogen. ITER fusion reactor promises to be a landmark step on the road toward unlimited clean energy. Once running, the machine will produce 10 times the amount of energy needed to power it.
The project, one of the biggest scientific experiments in the world, was conceived in 1985. Site preparation works began for the facility at Cadarache in southern France in 2007, and foundation work for tokamak complex in August 2011. The facility is currently expected to reach full operation in 2027.