TEHRAN (Web Desk) – Iran plans to join a plan for the construction of the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor known as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France.
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“The nuclear fusion reactor, which is to be launched in France, will generate 300 MW of power. Trade reactors will be made in case the project goes well,” said Mahmoud Qoran-Nevis, the head of Plasma Physics Studies Department of Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University, ISNA wrote.
The reactor is expected to be launched on a trial basis in 2021.
“Nuclear fusion can be controlled only for a few seconds and needs research reactors that work continuously to generate power,” he said, adding that the studies are not monopolized by certain countries anymore because the construction process requires more time and expense, Iran Daily reported.
Researchers from Europe, the US, Japan, South Korea and India made joint investments to design the research reactor. Each part of the reactor will be designed and built by one of these countries.
Qoran-Nevis added that the Iranian center is seeking studies on nuclear technology and conducting advanced industrial, medical and pragmatic studies on plasma physics.
Plasma Physics Studies Department has signed two agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency.