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On this elevated 42-hectare platform in southern France, 35 nations are pooling their resources to build ITER.

Where are we at?

On a vast plot of land in southern France, the ITER scientific installation is taking shape. Let's take stock of construction progress, three years after works began.
At ITER, men and women of some 30 nations are inventing, day after day, a unique form of collaboration—one that serves science as much as it serves peace.

Serving science, serving peace

ITER has always been more than an international research project. When in the early 1980s scientists urged for the construction of a large machine that would demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy—the energy of the Sun and stars—world...
Six years after the 9 November 1991 shot that produced fusion energy for the first time in history, JET achieved a record of 16 MW that still holds to this day. Pictured in this 1997 photograph are  Martin Keilhacker (right), at the time JET director, and his his two deputies (center) Alan Gibson and Jean Jacquinot.

The DT shots heard 'round the world

Reproducing in a man-made machine the physical reactions that occur at the core of the Sun has been the aim of fusion research for the past 60 years. Building on the experience accumulated by hundreds of fusion machines throughout the world...
ITER Organization, the seven Domestic Agencies set up by the ITER Members, CEA's Agence Iter France all work together to realize the ITER experimental installation that will open the way to the industrial and commercial exploitation of fusion energy.

Who does what?

The ITER Project and its division of tasks between multiple actors can be confusing. Below are some elements of response to the question: 'Who does what at ITER?' ITER Organization (IO) is responsible for the design of the ITER Tokamak and ...
At approximately 4:00 a.m. on 20 September, the ITER test convoy crosses the roundabout in front of the ITER site.

A successful journey ... to be replicated 200 times

After successfully navigating the ITER Itinerary for four consecutive nights, the test convoy reaches the ITER site. 4:45 a.m., Friday 20 September 2013: The 800-ton trailer rolls to a slow stop on the ITER site in the early morning h...

Welcome to the machine!

Tokamak: the name is an acronym from the Russian 'toroidal chamber, magnetic coils.' It describes a type of particularly efficient fusion machine that was developed by Soviet research in the late 1960s and adopted worldwide during the follo...