ITER, the world’s largest and most advanced fusion experiment, will be the first magnetic confinement device to produce a net surplus of fusion energy. It is designed to generate 500 MW fusion power which is equivalent to the capacity of a medium size power plant. As the injected power will be 50 MW, this corresponds to a fusion gain Q=10. ITER will also demonstrate the main technologies for a fusion power plant. ITER is currently being built in southern France in the framework of a collaboration between China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the USA.
The realisation of fusion energy depends fully on ITER’s success. ITER is the central facility of the Fusion Roadmap and therefore the EUROfusion research programme is dedicated to ITER and its accompanying experiments.