Scientists from all over the world have come together in ITER to work toward a lofty goal: harness the energy produced by the fusion of atoms to help meet mankind's energy needs.
The incredibly complex ITER Tokamak will be nearly 30 metres tall, and weigh 23,000 tons. The very small man dressed in blue (bottom right) gives some idea of the machine's scale. The ITER Tokamak is made up of an estimated one million parts. Image credit: ITER Organization 2013
ITER is a large-scale scientific experiment intended to prove the viability of fusion as an energy source, and to collect the data necessary for the design and subsequent operation of the first electricity-producing fusion power plant.
The ITER Agreement was signed by China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States. The Members of the ITER Organization will bear the cost of the project through its 10-year construction phase and its 20-year operational phase before decommissioning.
In Cadarache, southern France, ITER construction has begun on the scientific facilities. Manufacturing of components for ITER is underway in Members' industries all over the world; the level of coordination required for the successful fabrication of over one million parts for the ITER Tokamak alone is daily creating a new model of international scientific collaboration.