Milestones in the
History of the ITER Project
ITER is the culmination of decades of fusion research: more than 200 tokamaks built the world over have paved the way to the ITER experiment. The smallest the size of a compact disc...the largest as high as a five-storey building; ITER is the result of the knowledge and experience these machines have accumulated.
ITER will be twice the size of the largest tokamak currently operating, conceived as the necessary experimental step on the road to a demonstration fusion power plant. Launched as a daring exercise in international collaboration in 1985, twenty years of design work and complex negotiation have been necessary to bring the project to where it is today. Construction works began in 2010 on the ITER site in Saint Paul-lez-Durance, France.
EU Commission president visitsJul, 2014 IC-14: taking stockJun, 2014 Itinerary ready for componentsApr, 2014 First pour for Tokamak ComplexDec, 2013 2d Monaco-ITER Fusion DaysDec, 2013 Important decisions at IC-13Nov, 2013 ITER—part of the energy debateOct, 2013 ITER Itinerary: success!Sep, 2013 Ministerial-level ITER CouncilSep, 2013 IC-12: Construction progress! Jun, 2013 Modified permit grantedMar, 2013 Headquarters inauguratedJan, 2013 Tokamak Complex signedDec, 2012 IC-11: ITER "well underway"Nov, 2012 At home on the ITER campusNov, 2012 Landmark decree for ITERNov, 2012 ITER Headquarters completedSep, 2012 80% in-kind value committed Jun, 2012 Major licensing stepJun, 2012 Schedule is focus at IC-10Jun, 2012 Last seismic pad installedApr, 2012 Launch of NB Test FacilityFeb, 2012 First building deliveredFeb, 2012 Transport contract signedFeb, 2012 Seismic Pit basemat completedDec, 2011 IC-9: "Significant progress"Nov, 2011 ITER Day celebratedSep, 2011 Foundation work beginsAug, 2011 8th ITER Council in JapanJun, 2011 64% in-kind value committedMar, 2011 Excavation completedFeb, 2011 ITER Itinerary is readyJan, 2011 Monaco-ITER Fusion DaysNov, 2010 7th ITER Council meetingNov, 2010 Foundation stone ceremonyNov, 2010 International School - Phase 2Sep, 2010 Action! Aug, 2010 Green light to proceedJul, 2010 Osamu Motojima becomes DGJul, 2010 Site handover signedJul, 2010 6th ITER Council meetingJun, 2010 First hardware completedJun, 2010 Construction team moves inJun, 2010 Major contract signedApr, 2010 ITER CLI establishedDec, 2009 IC-5 convenesNov, 2009 International School - Phase 1Oct, 2009 4th ITER Council meetingJun, 2009 The ITER platform is readyApr, 2009 Broader Approach inaugurationApr, 2009 Divertor Test Facility opensJan, 2009 Architecture contract awardedDec, 2008 New ITER HeadquartersNov, 2008 3rd ITER Council meetingNov, 2008 International School growsOct, 2008 IAEA-ITER AgreementOct, 2008 Last Domestic Agency createdOct, 2008 Key ITER technology testedAug, 2008 2nd ITER Council meetingJun, 2008 "CERN" Agreement signedMar, 2008 "Monaco" agreement signedJan, 2008 ITER Itinerary work beginsJan, 2008 HQ Agreement signedNov, 2007 1st ITER Council meetingNov, 2007 ITER & Japan sign first 'PA'Nov, 2007 ITER formally establishedOct, 2007 International School opensSep, 2007 The ITER design. Updated!Sep, 2007 Interim ITER Council in TokyoJul, 2007 Work begins on ITER siteJan, 2007 Signed!Nov, 2006 India becomes 7th MemberDec, 2005 Joint Work Site inauguratedDec, 2005 Members agree on CadaracheJun, 2005 Broader Approach signedFeb, 2005 6.5-minute pulse in Tore SupraDec, 2003 Canada withdrawsDec, 2003 Europe proposes CadaracheNov, 2003 Who will host the ITER proje...Jun, 2003 USA returnsJan, 2003 China and Korea join ITERJan, 2003 Joint Implementation meetingNov, 2001 New design, new impetusJul, 2001 USA withdraws (temporarily)1998 Council approves Final DesignJun, 1998 More records at JET1997 JT-60 achieves world-record1997 TFTR sets world recordsDec, 1994 ITER engineering beginsJul, 1992 JET achieves fusion powerNov, 1991 T-15, the last of the "Ts"1988 A Design for ITERApr, 1988 The Reykjavik SummitOct, 1986 The Geneva SummitNov, 1985