New fusion director inherits delays on ITER project

Published in Physics World, 1 Mar 2010

The body overseeing Europe’s contributions to the ITER fusion project has appointed a new interim director amidst a further year’s delay and potential cost overruns to the 710bn experiment. Fusion for Energy (F4E) will now be led by the UK scientist Frank Briscoe following the departure of the previous director Didier Gambier last month. Briscoe has spent more than 25 years in fusion research, including managing the UK fusion experiments MAST and JET, and leading an international assessment of ITER costs last year. However, F4E says that his appointment was not made as a result of the delays, which will see construction of the reactor completed no earlier than 2019. […]

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