The mission of the international ITER project is to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy, using strong magnetic fields to confine fusion fuels in a plasma state hotter than the sun. Fusion has the potential to yield clean, abundant, safe energy that can be a major contributor to the US energy portfolio in the future. ITER will allow scientists to study reactor-scale burning plasmas and explore technical challenges related to the development of a power-producing fusion reactor. ITER is designed to produce a self-heated, “burning plasma,” and demonstrate 500 MW of fusion power. As a research facility, will provide supporting R&D for the development of a fusion pilot plant.