News & Comment

Planning a Future Without ITER

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  02 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5347, pp. 20-21
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5347.20

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


The four partners in the $10 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)--Europe, Japan, Russia, and the United States--will meet next month to discuss a 3-year delay in construction requested by the Japanese, who are believed most likely to host the facility and put up the largest share of the cost. Meanwhile, in a major policy shift, cash-strapped U.S. officials now are calling publicly for exploration of cheaper alternatives, while cracks are appearing in the pro-ITER stance taken by European researchers. The delay and the talk of alternatives stem from technical questions and the immense cost of the reactor, say officials familiar with the program.