India: We will build our own ITER Fusion Reactor

India would be better off looking at all the small fusion reactors being developed. Tokamaks are a dead end unfortunately. I was told that personally by the head of Princeton’s plasma physics lab almost twenty years ago. Nothing I’ve seen since has changed that.

Watts Up With That?

Tokamak - contributed by Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik to Wikimedia Tokamak – image contributed by Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik to Wikimedia

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Indian government has just given a major boost to domestic nuclear fusion research, by sanctioning the expenditure of Rs 2,500 crore (around $400 million by my calculation) as seed money, to spur interest in fusion research.

According to The Times of India;

India is presently one of the seven partner countries in world’s biggest energy research project – the ITER – that is coming up in Cadarche, France.

“Presently, our contribution as one of the seven partners in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project in France is 10%. The knowledge that we gain will be used to set up our own demonstrator reactors at home. We will begin by setting up an experimental version of the Cadarche ITER reactor in France here,” ITER-India’s project director Shishir Deshpande said here on Monday…

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