Milestones in the
History of the ITER Project
More than 200 tokamaks built the world over have paved the way to the ITER experiment.
Conceived as the last experimental step to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy, ITER will be the world's largest tokamak, with ten times the plasma volume of the largest tokamak operating today.
A consortium of nations—China, the 28 states of the European Union plus Switzerland, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States—is building ITER collaboratively, in an ambitious wager to advance fusion science and technology to the point where demonstration fusion power plants can be designed.
Construction is underway now in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France.
A magnet milestoneSep, 2015 A presidential signatureAug, 2015 Five years into contructionAug, 2015 Council convenes for the 16t...Jun, 2015 New Director-General appointedMar, 2015 First component along ITER I...Jan, 2015 IC-15: an important nominationNov, 2014 First components deliveredSep, 2014 B2 slab completedAug, 2014 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