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ITER Fusion Project Struggles To Put the Pieces Together

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“The world’s largest scientific project is threatened with further delays, as agencies struggle to complete the design and sign contracts worth hundred of millions of euros with industrial partners. Sources familiar with the project warn that the complex system for buying ITER’s many pieces could put the fusion reactor project even further behind schedule. Rather than providing cash, ITER’s partners have pledged ‘in kind’ contributions of pieces of the machine. Magnets, instruments and reactor sections will arrive from around the world to be cobbled together at the central site in St-Paul-lès-Durance in southern France. Because no one body holds the purse strings, designs for the machine’s components face a tortuous back-and-forth between the central ITER Organization and national ‘domestic agencies’, which ensure that local companies secure contracts for ITER’s components. Managers say the project remains on schedule. But it would hardly be the first time that ITER had been delayed or faced budgetary difficulties.”


3 Comments on "ITER Fusion Project Struggles To Put the Pieces Together"

  1. DC on Tue, 30th Oct 2012 6:18 pm 

    Sure, design the most complex expensive water boiler ever, by committee. That should add a few more decades on top of the six decades that have already been spent to no real effect.

    I got a better idea, how about just using a little less energy. You know, clotheslines, turn off lights when not using them, solar water heaters, sensors that turn off lights in empty rooms etc. Solar panels work too, and have for decades. Could buy a hella lot of PV for the 100 billion or so a working commercial fusion reactor is going to cost, if they ever get that far that is….

  2. BillT on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 1:19 am 

    Shut it down and sell the components for scrap. Fire all these tecnno genious’ and let them get a real job.

    Too little, too late.

  3. ken Nohe on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 9:18 am 

    ITER belong to the Star Treck / Star War dreams: It would be great indeed to have but we won’t. It is a gold plated reactor which may or may not produce just about as much electricity as it consumes in brief burst of energy which will never make economic sense. 50 years ago the dream was about 50 years in the future; it still is and will remain there feeding scientists and technocrats around the globe. Offering these people early retirement 100 km south on the Mediterranean beaches would probably be less costly.

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