Code:  144 Date: 23:29 - 1394/02/14 Show Count: 1577

Iran joins ITER project

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iran plans to join a plan for construction of the world's largest nuclear fusion reactor known as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France.

“The nuclear fusion reactor which is to be launched in France will generate 300-MW power. Trade reactors will be made in case the project goes well,” said Head of Plasma Physics Studies Department of Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University Mahmoud Qoran-Nevis.

The reactor is expected to be test launched in 2021.

Nuclear fusion can be controlled only for few seconds and needs research reactors which work continuously to generate power, he said, adding the studies are not in control of certain countries anymore because the construction process needed much time and expense.

Researchers from Europe, the US, Japan, South Korea and India made joint investment to design the research reactor. Each part of the reactor will be designed and built by any of these countries.

Qoran-Nevis further added that the Iranian center is seeking studies on nuclear technology as well conducting advanced industrial, medical and pragmatic studies on plasma physics.

Plasma Physics Studies Department has signed two agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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