Feeds

International fusion project gets green light

€10bn nuclear gamble

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

A ceremony in Brussels has signalled the go-ahead for ITER, the experimental nuclear fusion reactor. The agreement means work will start on the €10bn project at Cadarache in France next year.

ITER will become the world's most expensive science experiment on Earth. Only the International Space Station has swallowed more cash. The EU will fund around half the cost of ITER, with contributions from the US, Japan, Russia, Korea, China and India.

Its backers hope ITER will bring the first sustained fusion reactions to produce electricity.

EU science and research commissioner Janez Potocnik said: "We represent more than half of the world's population, and recognise that by working together today we stand a much better chance of tackling the challenges of tomorrow, so energy is an issue of concern for all of us."

Critics have questioned whether the work done over ITER's mooted 35 year operation will ever lead to a commercially viable energy source. Proponents counter that the prospect of limitless clean energy outweighs the risks.

Fusion depends on heating hydrgen isotopes to several times hotter than the Sun. The EU called the technology "inherently safe, with no possibility of meltdown, or runaway reactions". ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz
WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog
Volcanic eruption in Iceland triggers CODE RED aviation warning
Lava-spitting Bárðarbunga prompts action from Met Office
NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away
Interplanetary admins will back up data and get to work
Major cyber attack hits Norwegian oil industry
Statoil, the gas giant behind the Scandie social miracle, targeted
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?