India, one of the seven participating countries, is keeping pace with the development work assigned to it as part of the joint project to produce energy from fusion, using deuterium and tritium, the two hydrogen isotopes, as fuel at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), said project director of India-ITER Shishir Deshpande.
The reactor is expected to be ready by 2022 while 500MW power generation could take another decade. India was the last to join the experiment, the first of its kind effort, on the initiative of Anil Kakodkar, former Atomic Energy Commission chairman. Deshpande, from the Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, is ensuring that Indian scientists and industry deliver their work on time. The entire project is expected to cost about 13 billion Euro.