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Iran joins research team for nuclear fusion project

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The head of Islamic Azad University's Plasma Physics Research Center says that Iran is now a partner in the development of the world's largest nuclear fusion project.

"Iranian researchers, along with researchers from seven other countries, have started research in the nuclear fusion field," Mahmoud Qoran Nevis told the Mehr News Agency.

Qoran Nevis said that the design and construction of the Mehr News Agency,%20Tehran">ITER reactor in France is currently under way and Iranian researchers have joined their counterparts from China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, the U.S. and EU for the project.

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is the world's largest and most advanced experimental fusion reactor and is based at the Cadarache facility in the south of France.

The construction cost of the project has been estimated at $6.5 million and the first plasma is set to be produced in 2019.

The ITER fusion reactor itself has been designed to produce 500 megawatts of output power for 50 megawatts of input power, or ten times the amount of energy put in.

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