A burning plasma experiment such as ITER could offer an early opportunity to begin the development of essentially all of the technologies needed for a fusion reactor. These include components and systems unique to fusion’s energy goal; plasma technologies such as heating, current drive, and fueling systems; hardened diagnostics; and superconducting coils of unprecedented size and energy. In addition, by operating safely, reliably, and within the structural code requirements used by the nuclear industry, a burning plasma experiment can demonstrate the favorable safety characteristics of a fusion reactor.

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