Mega Science Projects & Facilities

International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)

ITER, “the way” is one of the largest experimental efforts underway in the south of France at Cadarache with an aim to demonstrate nuclear fusion as a clean green source of unlimited energy. India’s contribution to ITER includes delivery of 9 in-kind packages to ITER. Each of the package to be delivered involves first of its kind development of materials, machining, technologies and quality to meet with the stringent nuclear safety norms of the French regulatory board and also ensure that the components work for the life time of ITER. ITER work on the “Tokamak” concept where the reaction of hydrogen isotopes Deuterium and Tritium produces energy by the mass-energy conversion principle, thereby proving to be a source of unlimited energy. ITER partners are the European Union, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States of America. European Union being the host party contributes 45% while the rest of the parties contribute 9% each.

Area: Nuclear Physics

Ministry/Department: Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)

Nodal Centre: Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Contact Person: Dr Ujjwal Baruah, Project Director

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