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NEWS: France to host multi-billion International Fusion Project ITER

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posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 05:44 AM
France has won the award of the 10bn euro international nuclear fusion research project ITER. The project will be hosted in the southern french Cadarache site, where it will employ around 10.000 researchers and technicians, starting 2014.
MOSCOW (AFP) - The six partners in the revolutionary ITER nuclear energy reactor agreed that France would host the multi-billion-dollar project, which is designed to emulate the power of the sun.

"Under this declaration, France is chosen as the site," said Antonia Mochane, spokeswoman for EU Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik.

Japan earlier withdrew its bid to host the 10-billion-euro (12-billion-dollar) project, clearing the way for the site of Cadarache, in southern France.

Its backers hope that ITER will provide a cheap, clean and safe way to meet the world's future energy needs.

The project seeks to harness nuclear fusion, the same principle that powers the Sun and the stars, instead of splitting the atom -- the principle behind the atomic bomb and present-day nuclear plants.

The six partners in the project are the
European Union, the United States, Russia, Japan,
South Korea and China.

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Science is progressing. Hopefully ITER will see the breakthrough towards affordable fusion technology, as the advent of nuclear fusion would solve the sharpening world energy crisis.

[edit on 28-6-2005 by Moretti]

posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 05:49 AM
My heart is filled with joy!!! This decision has been years in the making, I remember how disappointed I was when France and Japan were still fighting and they couldnt make a decision.

Now I wish the ITER project the best of luck and may it provide considerable advances in providing us with an energy source that dreams are made of!

posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 06:22 AM
Starting research in 2014? Is this an "in our life time" project?

posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 06:46 AM
It is very good news, about time. Clean limitless energy !

Subz the current projections are that a working reactor will be built by 2050 from the data and research that this project generates. But as with all estimates could be sooner or later than that, hope its sooner!

Good that multinational experts can work together too with the resources they need.

This project is the second most expensive scientific project after The International Space Station.


[edit on 28-6-2005 by MischeviousElf]

posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 04:38 PM
Any news on why Japan pulled out? I'm thinking since there's little concern of an EU supernation forming, perhaps the Japanese were less worried about any technology being restricted or not shared equally to non-EU partners?

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