In a valley in Provence, 30 miles north of Marseille, a team of engineers, physicists and builders are slowly piecing together the world’s biggest science project. The experiment was first conceived in the Eighties, construction started only 10 years ago, and it could be another five years before the project begins. Yet the achingly long timescale is matched by the breathtaking ambition of the undertaking: this is a “Sun machine” that could provide the world with clean energy for ever. The boffins behind the €20bn (£18.2bn) International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project hope to prove that nuclear fusion, the atomic reaction that drives the Sun, can be harnessed into a viable power source.
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