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Iran launches bid for fusion reactor

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Tehran (UPI) Jul 27, 2010
Iran says it has launched a program to develop a nuclear fusion reactor, an ambition deemed unrealistic by Western analysts.

Officials from the Islamic Republic this past weekend unveiled the program, which will have a budget of $8 million, the BBC reports. The powerful nuclear fusion process is used to make hydrogen bombs but has never been successfully harnessed for commercial-scale power generation.

At a ceremony to mark the beginning of the project, the head of the fusion research institute, Asghar Sediqzadeh said 50 scientists would be working on the project. Initial studies will last for two years, with construction of a test reactor taking another 10 years, Sediqzadeh said.

"Iran is one of the first countries to begin research in this field," he was quoted as saying by the BBC. "We built one installation about 30 years ago. We had some delays in the past 10 years (but) we can quickly make up for this time."

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said his country had launched a serious bid into fusion energy, a technology long sought after by the West.

"It takes 20 to 30 years before this process can be commercialized but we have to use all the capacity in the country to provide the necessary speed for fusion research," Iranian news agency ISNA quoted Salehi as saying.

International observers are less optimistic.

"If the Iranians had this wonderful technological edge over the rest of the world, and they were about to produce a nuclear reactor that does fusion in a commercially viable fashion, bless them," Emanuele Ottolenghi, an expert on Iran's nuclear program with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies told Voice of America. "But the fact that nobody else has done it so far suggests that maybe the Iranians are up to just playful banter."

Ottolenghi suggested the program might not serve energy but military purposes.

"If one looks at what the reality of a military program is, if you want to have thermonuclear weapons, you need to master the technology for fusion," he said. "And while fusion is not commercially viable for civilian purposes, fusion allows you to build infinitely more powerful nuclear weapons."

Observers hope that nuclear fusion can one day produce CO2-free base-load power on a large scale.

Fusion plants would fuse together atoms inside a reactor to produce electricity. Conventional nuclear power reactors do the opposite, harnessing energy released from splitting atoms.

Once the technical challenges -- and there are many -- are overcome, fusion power has potential advantages including the existence of abundant fuel, a relatively safe energy generation producing only low-level waste and no greenhouse gases.

Yet scientists haven't yet found a way to build a reactor that produces more energy than it consumes.

An international scheme to build a nuclear fusion reactor in France has come under fire for ballooning costs. Costs for the ITER test reactor project, led by a consortium including the European Union, China Japan, Russia, India and the United States, have soared from $7 billion to around $18 billion.



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