Solidot | The International thermonuclear fusion experimental reactor project completed half of the construction work


International thermonuclear fusion Experimental Reactor Program (ITER) Organization Director-General Bernard Bigo announces after ten years of efforts, the world’s largest “man-made sun” project has completed half of the construction work. ITER, built in the south of France, is one of the largest and far-reaching international research and cooperation projects in the world, aiming to simulate the nuclear fusion process of solar luminescence and to explore the feasibility of commercialization of fusion technology. The European Union, China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, India and Russia co-financed the project, with the EU funding of about 45% and the other 6 parties taking about 9%. According to the latest deployment of ITER, from 2007 to 2025 for the construction phase, the first ignition in December 2025, 2035 into the operational phase, and finally before and after the 2050 to achieve the commercial application of fusion. Vigo said that, with the exception of the United States, 6 other participants have agreed to commit themselves to supporting the latest budget of 20 billion euros in the construction phase by 2018.