A fusion reactor is a device which uses nuclear fusion to generate energetic plasma used for the generation of electricity. Engineers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) have successfully developed an experimental reactor that can demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy for the power grid. This development was built on the idea of nuclear fusion supplying more energy with far fewer risks. This milestone is integral for the ITER project which was founded on the idea of building a fusion reactor that aims to produce ten times the amount of energy that it uses. ITER involves the United States, the European Union and five other nations and its goal is to help bring fusion power to the commercial market. UT researchers accomplished a crucial step for the project by favorably testing their technology that will insulate and stabilize the central solenoid — the reactor’s backbone."
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