France to host the world’s first nuclear fusion reactor


France has been chosen to host the world’s first nuclear-fusion reactor.

The decision to award the contract to France ends a deadlock with Japan over where the $5.6 billon experiment involving the European Union, Japan, the US, Russia, China and South Korea should be located.

The project will look at how to address sustainable energy in the future, with fusion – the process that powers stars – looking promising as a cheaper and safer way than nuclear fission, the action at the core of contemporary nuclear power plants.

Mimicking the way the sun produces energy and potentially providing an inexhaustible source of low-cost energy, seawater could be used as fuel, contributing to a future hydrogen-based energy system.

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