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Fourteen years after receiving the official go-ahead, scientists began to assemble a machine in southern France on Tuesday that will seek to prove whether nuclear fusion, the process which powers the Sun, can be a safe and viable energy source for Earth.
The experimental plant’s goal is to demonstrate that fusion power can be generated sustainably, and safely, on a commercial scale.
“Fusion provides clean, reliable energy without carbon emissions,” said a statement from the 35 ITER partners: China, the 27 members of the European Union, Britain, Switzerland, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States.