Washington, August 8 (ANI): The world’s bid to harness the power of fusion, the Iter project at Cadarache in Provence, has now entered a critical phase in southern France.
The project is set to receive the first of about one million components for its experimental reactor.
The project is about two years behind the schedule because of massive cost rises and long delays, the BBC reported.
The construction of the key building has been altered to allow for the late delivery of key components.
Since the 1950s, fusion has offered the dream of almost unlimited energy – copying the fireball process powering the Sun – which is fuelled by two readily available forms of hydrogen.
The Iter reactor will now put that to the test. Known as a “tokamak,” the project is based on the design of Jet, a European pilot project at Culham in Oxfordshire and will involve creating a plasma of superheated gas, which reaches the temperatures of more than 200 million C.
The whole process is going to take place inside a giant magnetic field in the shape of a ring.
The plant at JET has bee able to achieve fusion reactions in very short bursts but has required more power than it was able to produce.
The reactor at Iter is on a much grander scale and has been designed to generate 10 times more power – 500 MW – than it will consume. (ANI)