International group to secure energy for future

an international consortium of countries, including India, has signed an agreement on November 21, 2006, to build an experimental nuclear fusion reactor to meet the future energy need of the world The multi-billion-dollar (about us $12 billion) project called iter has the eu, the us, Japan, Russia, South Korea and China as its members. The project will be set up in about 10 years, beginning 2008, at Cadarache in southern France. The decision to invite India as a full partner was taken at the iter negotiations held at Jeju, South Korea, on December 6, 2005.

The plant is expected to create energy by replicating the process that takes place in the sun. Instead of splitting the atom as happens in existing nuclear fission reactors, the project seeks to release energy by fusing two light atomic nuclei