A small step for ITER, a giant leap for science
ITER is an international project aiming to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of thermonuclear fusion as a new source of energy. Fusion energy does not produce any greenhouse gas emissions or long-term radioactive waste. Another major advantage is its unparalleled efficiency as an energy source. ITER’s scientific objective is to produce an energy output 10 times greater than its energy input. For these reasons, thermonuclear energy is considered the energy of the future.
ITER aims to be the first fusion prototype capable of generating 500MW of thermal energy from an input of 50MW. Eventually, ITER's tokamak will combine three methods of external heating – one of which will be SPIDER – to produce the 50MW of power to drive the system. SPIDER uses high-precision mechanics for the acceleration and neutralization of deterium and the injection of high energy neutrons in the plasma, which is confined in the reactor.
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