India has become the seventh member to join the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor team, following in the footsteps of the EU, US,
China, Russia, Japan and South Korea. The €10,000,000,000 project aims to produce energy using nuclear fusion, just like our own Sun. The reactor
will be built within the next decade at Cadarache, France.
An Iter statement on India's accession comments: "With this exciting new development, over half the world's population is now represented in this
Iter will be the second largest science project in history after the International Space Station.
India's involvement in the project, which has been welcomed by the European Commission and the US administration, suggests that it is among the
Fusion works by forcing together atomic nuclei, rather than by splitting them as in the case of the fission reactions that power existing nuclear
After decades of experimentation at national and regional level, it should demonstrate once and for all whether it is possible to harness the
tremendous potential of nuclear fusion in a practical and economic way.
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It has been a running joke that fusion is 'just decades away' for many decades now, so the forming of the Iter team can only be a good thing.
With many nations now concentrating on fusion power hopefully that joke will not stand for much longer.
If fusion power is indeed possible it is definitley the way forward to solve Earths energy problems, and hopefully in the next decade we should see
some major advances.
[edit on 14-12-2005 by asala]