Ministers from the seven parties of the international nuclear fusion project (ITER) have signed an agreement to establish the international organisation that will implement the ITER fusion energy project.
The ITAR project, to be sited at Cadarache in the South of France, is made up of representatives from
The signature took place at a ceremony at the
ITER will be the world’s largest experimental facility to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power, which involves light atomic nuclei fusing together to form heavier ones, whereupon a large amount of energy is released.
The construction costs of ITER are estimated at €5bn over ten years, most of which will be awarded in the form of contracts to companies and fusion research institutions.
A document with background information on ITER can be found here.