Power for 30 Mil­lion Years


HWM (Singapore) - - THINK - BY ALVIN SOON

It may not look like much now, but if what you see be­ing built here works out, it may gen­er­ate enough power for the hu­man race for the next 30 mil­lion years.

The In­ter­na­tional Ther­monu­clear Ex­per­i­men­tal Re­ac­tor (ITER) is be­ing con­structed in the South of France, and is quite pos­si­bly the most com­plex and am­bi­tious project mankind has ever taken. Its goal is to ig­nite and har­ness a minia­ture sun at its core for pure fu­sion en­ergy. If suc­cess­ful, ITER will run on seawa­ter and lithium, pro­duce no car­bon, lit­tle pol­lu­tion and ra­dioac­tive waste, with zero risk for melt­down.

With costs es­ti­mated at twenty bil­lion dol­lars al­ready, and the first ex­per­i­ment sched­uled in 2020, ITER is still a long way off from be­com­ing a re­al­ity, if ever. If it suc­ceeds how­ever, it will be like noth­ing any­one has ever seen.


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Singapore

© PressReader. All rights reserved.