News Picks : ITER represents dream of energy independence
25 February 2014
New Yorker: Currently under construction in the south of France, ITER is slated to become the world’s largest experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor. Once it is up and running, the facility will function like a synthetic star, ionizing hydrogen atoms to form helium and generating 10 times as much heat as the Sun. The result will be a giant power plant that produces “no carbon, virtually no pollution, and scant radioactive waste,” writes Raffi Khatchadourian for the New Yorker. In his lengthy article, Khatchadourian writes in depth about the history of thermonuclear power, the genesis of ITER, and his visit to the construction site and meetings with key personnel.