In 2005 Australian fusion scientists and engineers established the Australian ITER Forum to ensure that Australia is part of international fusion energy development programs, in particular the ITER Project, a large-scale scientific experiment that aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion as a energy source
Image: Photomontage of rendering of next step fusion experiment ITER in an environmental setting. Fusion reactors promise vast quantities of electrical energy with zero greenhouse gas emission and no long lived radioactive byproducts. Montage Tim Wetherell, ITER rendering courtesy of New Scientist.
Cooperation Agreement between ITER and ANSTO
For the first time in its history, the ITER Organization has established a formal path to technical collaboration with a non-Member state: Australia. On Friday 30 September 2016, the ITER Organization signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), a national research organization representing the Australian nuclear fusion community for the purposes of the Agreement.
A framework is now in place for technical cooperation in areas of mutual interest and benefit.