Third central solenoid module being lowered on to the stack

Third module joins the central solenoid stack

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The United States is a partner nation in ITER, an unprecedented international collaboration of scientists and engineers working to design, construct, and assemble a burning plasma experiment that can demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion. ITER’s other partners are the People’s Republic of China, the European Union (host), IndiaJapanthe Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation.

Mission: Produce a self-sustaining burning plasma

US ITER is a DOE Office of Science project managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Partner labs are Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Savannah River National Laboratory. Involvement in ITER provides significant benefits to the U.S. for a limited investment (~9% of construction costs): The nation has access to all ITER technology and scientific data, the right to propose/conduct experiments, and the opportunity for U.S. universities, laboratories and industries to design and construct parts. The U.S. contributes procurement of hardware, assignment of personnel, and cash contributions for its share of common expenses such as personnel infrastructure, assembly, and installation.

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