ITER council approves fusion power project baseline (2)

08:31, July 29, 2010      

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Furthermore, the Wednesday meeting appointed Osamu Motojima, a prestigious Japanese scientist in field of fusion, as new director- general of the ITER Organization to succeed Kaname Ikeda who said he would resign at the moment the ITER baseline is approved.

The new management structure, headed by Motojima, will be effective as of Wednesday, the statement concluded.

Initiated in 1985 by General-Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union and President Ronald Reagan of the United States, the ITER project has become one of the largest and most ambitious international science project ever conducted.

Member countries have agreed to share all aspects concerning the international collaboration, such as science, procurements, finance and staffing. Europe will contribute 45 percent costs of the ITER project construction, while the other six members will each contribute 9 percent of the costs.

The ITER organization was established on Oct. 24, 2007 following a unanimously passed agreement by all members.

Source: Xinhua
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