International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Fusion Project
With the United States and China, the two biggest polluters, signing a climate control deal to cut pollution recently, what are the possible ways of fulfilling this deal? Nuclear fusion. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Project is a promising new project to fulfill such a deal, and to do so with innovative technology based off of well known theories.
The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Project (ITER) is an international collaboration to produce a renewable source of energy that can combat the dependence on fossil fuels while also reducing the waste produced while generating energy. The collaboration was first proposed by Mikhail Gorbachov, former USSR leader, to former President Reagan. The project now consists of China, Europe, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea and The United States (McCracken). “Together, these six nations plus Europe represent over half of the world 's population” (Claessens). The name of the project has since changed to ITER, an abbreviation of the original name that stands for “The Way” in Latin. The ITER is currently being constructed in southern France, thanks to a successful bid by the European nations over Japan (Feder).
The ITER, if successful, is projected to produce 500 megawatts of power (Brumfield). If accomplished, it will be the first large scale experimental fusion reactor to yield ten times the amount of energy it takes to produce the…