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World's biggest science project feels the heat from renewables

Wind farm developers have indicated that they will be able to supply subsidy-free power 2025, which puts pressure on the world's largest science project.

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The world's biggest scientific experiment is on course to become the most expensive source of surplus power.

Components of the 20 billion-euro (USD 24 billion) project are already starting to pile up at a construction site in the south of France, where about 800 scientists plan to test whether they can harness the power that makes stars shine. Assembly of the machine will start in May. Unlike traditional nuclear plants that split atoms, the so-called ITER reactor will fuse them together at temperatures 10-times hotter than the Sun — 150 million degrees Celsius (270 million Fahrenheit).

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