ITER and fusion: towards a new source of energy on Earth

Fusion could become a suitable complement to renewables as a safe, abundant and environmentally responsible energy source, and hence could play an important role in the future for the supply of electricity. To make power generation from fusion possible in the second half of the twenty-first century, the ITER project is a necessary next step. Funded by seven parties (EU, China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the US), ITER is a first-of-its kind experimental facility which is being constructed in the South of France. By demonstrating “the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy for peaceful purposes”, ITER could potentially change the course of history by paving the way to a new source of energy.