The European Union’s choice of site for building the world’s first nuclear fusion reactor, ITER, has moved a step closer to winning.
France’s acting minister for research, François d’Aubert, has said a technical accord has been reached between the European Commission and Japan. He said this could lead to Tokyo dropping its bid to host ITER. Instead, if things go Europe’s way, the reactor would be built in Cadarache, in the south of France. EU Research Commissioner Janez Potocnick has announced a press conference on the accord will be held this Friday evening. This would be a welcome boost to those in France trying to convince doubters of the benefits that go with being an important member of the European Union. ITER is a roughly ten-billion-euro project which could create as many as 1,000 jobs.