ITER - the way to new energy
Nuclear power usually gets a bad press. The conventional wisdom is that it's fraught with too many risks. All very understandable after what happened in Fukushima, I suppose. But some take a very different view, saying that nuclear energy produced by fusion rather than fission should be counted as one of the key, sustainable energy sources of the future, along with solar and wind power.
And this body of opinion has also found concrete expression in the form of a powerful joint venture between the European Union, China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States.
The countries involved are conducting a massive scientific experiment to prove the viability of fusion as an energy source, and to lay the groundwork for the design and operation of the first electricity-producing fusion power plant.
The so-called ITER facility – the Latin word for the "the way" – has been gradually taking shape in southern France for over five years and is due for completion in 2018. According to a recent BBC report, the ITER construction project is currently the largest on the planet. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23408073
According to the ITER website, nuclear fusion is going to be "safe, environmentally-friendly and provide an almost limitless source of energy."
What do you think?
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