Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2003
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme
Policy Target:Energy Sector
Agency:U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science
Funding:Budget request for FY2004 was USD 12 million

The Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) programme is the United States national basic research effort to advance plasma science, fusion science, and fusion technology-the knowledge base needed for an economically and environmentally attractive fusion energy source. On January 30, 2003 the U.S. joined the negotiations for the construction and operation of a major international magnetic fusion project. Known as ITER (Latin for "the way"), the projects mission is to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy, the power source of the sun and the stars. The Department of Energy has led the U.S. delegation to the ITER talks. The other six ITER parties are China, the European Union (EU), India, Japan, the Russian Federation, and South Korea. Countries representing more than half of the worlds population are participating in ITER. The U.S. ITER Project Office, a partnership of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, is responsible for project management of U.S. activities to support construction of the international research facility.

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