Construction works of ITER experimental energy-efficient thermonuclear reactor began in France. According to The Guardian, scientists assume that the new project could become a breakthrough in the energy sector thanks to the environmental friendliness of nuclear synthesis.
If the project succeeds, the humankind could enjoy a new, efficient, and safe energy source.
Unlike most reactors, where the energy is produced thanks to the nuclear disintegration process, ITER will be using the environmentally safe technology of nuclear synthesis.
"Millions of components will be used to assemble the giant reactor, which will weigh 23,000 tonnes and the project is the most complex engineering endeavor in history. Almost 3,000 tonnes of superconducting magnets, some heavier than a jumbo jet, will be connected by 200km of superconducting cables, all kept at -269C by the world’s largest cryogenic plant", The Guardian wrote.
The reactor is supposed to demonstrate the opportunity to use the guided nuclear synthesis in the industrial volumes. The main goal of the initiative is to prove that the use of energy produced from nuclear synthesis could be effective and commercially beneficial.