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SCI/TECH: Nuclear fusion decision 'urgent'

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posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 03:44 AM
Japan, the European Union and four other parties failed on June 19th to forge an accord on which of the two rival candidate sites in Japan and France will host an international project to build the world's first prototype nuclear fusion reactor. Now Professor Yevgeny Velikov urges them to make a decision. "It's really important the decision should be made within the next two or three months."

Iter will be able to produce 'star power' plasma (right)


Professor Yevgeny Velikov, who has been working on nuclear fusion since 1978, said it was important to decide the site in the next three months.

The countries of the Iter Consortium are deadlocked over whether to build the reactor in France or Japan.

Professor Velikov said a commercial fusion reactor could open in 30 years.

He is the president of the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow, and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and of the US National Academy of Engineering.

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Why do they always have to fight over the location, instead of over the technology? Nuclear fusion creates the possibility to phase out fossil fuels, save the environment, stop global warming etc...etc...etc

Related News Stories
- Decision on nuclear fusion reactor site put off again ( June 19, 2004)
- Japan Plans to Spend More on Nuclear Fusion Project, Kyodo Says (June 17, 2004)

Related websites
- ITER Home Page
- Cadarache - The European site for ITER
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

[edit on 2-7-2004 by Zion Mainframe]

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 08:24 AM
Did anyone see Spider Man 2... if you did, you realize that the only possible outcome of this project is a man that is a mechanical octopus. When will science learn...

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 08:35 AM
Lol, I just saw it yesterday. I hope we dont have a mechanical octopus go crazy on us.

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 09:29 AM
we do Gorge bush

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 10:14 AM
I don't understand what the big 'rush' is... it'll take 30 years to get it done anyway.. why only 2-3 months left to 'decide'?

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 11:32 AM
It is indeed urgent due to the fact that our fossil fuel deposits are nearly depleted. If advanced energy resources do not become a reality, our world could very possible fall into chaos.

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 01:25 PM
What's the rush? We're only 30 some odd years late here. We should have been hitting this full tilt since the 70's oil embargo. Perhaps then the focus wouldn't be on the middle east by now. Oil is nothing if we get an alternative.

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 01:28 PM
The stress on a 2-3 month "rush" is probably due to the fact that such things tend to sit around for years before a decision is made. Besides, they probably have all the contractors lined up already.

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