China is hoping to get an experimental nuclear fusion reactor running by 2040, a senior scientist working on the project has said. Reuters reports that the country is preparing to restart its stalled domestic nuclear reactor programme after a three-year moratorium on new approvals. China has been researching nuclear fusion since 1958. However, according to Song Yuntao – deputy director of the Institute of Plasma Physics at the Heifei Institute of Physical Science – international cooperation is now more important than competition. The country is a member of the 35-nation ITER project, a €10bn (£8.6bn) fusion project under construction in France. That project has been developing massive, complex, superconducting magnets to keep the reactor’s superheated plasma from touching the walls of the facility.
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