India, 6 other nations ink pact on N-energy
The other signatories are the European Union, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and the US.india Updated: May 24, 2006 17:14 IST
India along with six other partners signed up for the ITER (International Thermonuclear Energy Reactor) research project in Brussels Wednesday.
"This signifies the start of a major international effort towards developing an energy technologic which provides virtually limitless energy," Anil Kakodkar, secretary in the Department of Atomic Energy and chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, said after initialling the agreement on India's behalf.
The other signatories are the European Union, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and the US.
ITER aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. ITER will be constructed at Cadarache in the south of France.
Fusion is the energy source of the sun and the stars. On earth, fusion research is aimed at demonstrating that this energy source can be used to produce electricity in a safe and environmentally benign way, with abundant fuel resources, to meet the needs of a growing world population.