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International Collaboration

Fission and radiation protection

Hundreds of collaborators from laboratories, universities and industries all around the world have worked closely together to produce the design for ITER. This is a remarkable scientific achievement in itself.

The physics and technology experiments conducted in many fusion devices worldwide have provided a solid physics base for extrapolation to the ITER scale. A number of key high-technology components, such as superconducting coils, have been developed specifically and manufactured by industry and are ready for production.

The design of ITER, resulting from this unique international collaboration, is the first complete design of a fusion device of conventional power station size, based on well-established and proven technology. This design provides a detailed engineering plan ready for implementation.

Increasing fusion power

ITER is the Next Step to Fusion Power
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The scientists and engineers in this international collaboration have already broken new ground in demonstrating that the work of a geographically widespread, multicultural team can be coordinated on a global scale to meet the demanding technical challenges involved in producing the ITER design.

The construction of ITER could start towards the end of 2006 at the European site of Cadarache, South of France, and two candidate sites have already been proposed in Europe and Japan. The joint exploitation of JET and other specialised fusion devices in the Fusion Associations will help prepare for ITER operation and further consolidate its scientific basis.

For futher information on the current status of ITER click here