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Where is ITER tokamak?

Where is ITER tokamak?


Small-scale model of ITER
Device type Tokamak
Location Saint-Paul-lès-Durance, France
Technical specifications
Major radius 6.2 m (20 ft)

Where is the ITER project in France?

Saint Paul-lez-Durance
We invite you to explore the ITER website for more information on the science of ITER, the ITER international collaboration and the large-scale building project that is underway in Saint Paul-lez-Durance, southern France.

What is the ITER machine?

The ITER Tokamak The tokamak is an experimental machine designed to harness the energy of fusion. ITER will be the world’s largest tokamak, with a plasma radius (R) of 6.2 m and a plasma volume of 840 m³.

Is the UK involved in ITER?

The uncertainty is over: the United Kingdom will continue its participation in ITER. The UK will continue to be part of EU’s Horizon 2020 research program. Collaboration on fusion research at JET, the Joint European Torus tokamak at Culham, can continue with mutual funding.

Is ITER a waste of money?

A popular science book Sun in a Bottle dubbed it the “science of wishful thinking.” Political opponents in Europe say ITER has wasted huge amounts of public money on a supposed miraculous technology. Today, ITER scientists are cautious regards timelines, acknowledging that full-scale fusion plants are decades away.

Does a fusion reactor exist?

In a fusion process, two lighter atomic nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus, while releasing energy. Devices designed to harness this energy are known as fusion reactors. Research into fusion reactors began in the 1940s, but to date, no design has produced more fusion power output than the electrical power input.

What happens if a fusion reactor fails?

If any of the systems fail (such as the confining toroidal magnetic field) or if, by accident, too much fuel is put into the plasma, the plasma will naturally terminate (what we call “disrupt”) – losing its energy very quickly and extinguishing before any sustained damage is done to the structure.

Is UK in Euratom?

The Euratom Community is a separate legal entity from the EU, but is governed by the institutions of the member countries. The UK announced its intention to withdraw from Euratom in January 2017 as part of the Brexit process. The UK voted in favour of Brexit by a narrow majority in a 2016 national referendum.

Is Australia part of ITER?

The ITER construction site in February 2019. While not being a member state, Australia has in recent years become closely involved in the ITER project, signing a technology cooperation agreement in 2016.

Is ITER safe?

Simulations and studies carried out on ITER and tokamaks, in general, show that this technology poses no major risk to the environment or human health. The fundamental characteristics of fusion physics and technology make a fission-style nuclear meltdown impossible.

Will fusion ever be economical?

In terms of devoting precious research dollars, nuclear fusion is a long shot. There is no realistic prospect that nuclear fusion will become commercially viable any time before 2050.

How did CEA Cadarache research centre help ITER?

ITER’s host and neighbour—the CEA Cadarache research centre—played an instrumental part in supporting site studies and in rallying local political players behind the cause of welcoming ITER to France.

Where is the ITER site in southern France?

At the centre of the 180-hectare ITER parcel, is the 42-hectare scientific platform where work is currently underway to build ITER. (November 2018) The decision to site the ITER Project in southern France was made by the ITER Members in June 2005.

How many people work at the Cadarache research facility?

It employs over 5,000 people, and approximately 700 students and foreign collaborators carry out research in the facility’s laboratories. ITER, the experimental nuclear fusion tokamak, is currently under construction at Cadarache and is expected to create its first plasma by 2025.

Where is the ITER project located in Europe?

The ITER Project is based in Saint Paul-lez-Durance, located between the southern Alps and the Mediterranean Sea—an area offering every conceivable sporting, leisure and cultural opportunity.