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ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor)

ITER is an international  nuclear fusion  research and engineering  mega project , which is currently building the world's largest experimental  tokamak   nuclear fusion reactor  adjacent to the Cadarache  facility in the south of France. The project is funded and run by seven member entities — the  European Union ,   India ,  Japan ,  China ,  Russia ,  South Korea  and the United States . Fusion power has the potential to provide sufficient energy to satisfy mounting demand, and to do so sustainably, with a relatively small impact on the environment. A technical concern is that the 14  MeV  neutrons produced by the fusion reactions will damage the materials from which the reactor is built.  Research is in progress to determine whether and how reactor walls can be designed to last long enough to make a commercial power plant economically viable in the presence of the intense neutron bombardment. The damage is primarily caused by high energy neutrons knocking atoms out of their no