Power for 30 Million Years
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.