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ITER Project

ITER Project Fact Sheet

 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 will be the largest tokamak ever constructed and is designed to deliver 10 times more fusion power than the plasma heating power. As a research facility, ITER is expected to have a 20 year operational lifespan and will provide supporting R&D for the development of a demonstration fusion power plant (DEMO). 

Last Updated: June 18, 2018 - 1:14 pm