Good news expected about Iran’s joining ITER
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 7
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
Iran and International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) are in close and permanent talks, and there is good news about Iran’s joining this mega-project, which will be revealed in near future, spokesman for Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said, SHANA reported Oct. 7.
In case of joining ITER, Iran would be the only Middle East country to join the project.
ITER is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering mega-project, which will be the world's largest magnetic confinement plasma physics experiment.
Kamalvandi said the negotiations between Iran and ITER are progressive, but the founders of this project should agree about Tehran’s becoming a full member of ITER after joining it.
The ITER project is aimed at the transition from experimental studies of plasma physics to full-scale electricity-producing fusion power stations. The ITER fusion reactor is designed to produce 500 megawatts of output power for several seconds while needing 50 megawatts to operate. The reactor aims to demonstrate the principle of producing more energy from the fusion process than is used to initiate it, something that has not been achieved in any fusion reactor.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the nuclear deal, was reached between Tehran and the world’s major powers on July 14, 2015. As a result of implementation of the JCPOA in January 2016, some parts of international sanctions on the Islamic Republic were lifted.