Main Menu

See All Software See All Instruments See All Transducers See All Vibration Testing Equipment See All Electroacoustics See All Acoustic End-of-Line Test Systems See All Academy See All Resource Center See All Applications See All Industries See All Services See All Support See All Our Business See All Our History See All Global Presence

Main Menu

See All Analysis & Simulation Software See All DAQ Software See All Drivers & API See All Utility See All Vibration Control See All High Precision and Calibration Systems See All DAQ Systems See All S&V Hand-held Devices See All Industrial Electronics See All Power Analyzer See All S&V Signal Conditioner See All Acoustic Transducers See All Current and Voltage Sensors See All Displacement Sensors See All Force Sensors See All Load Cells See All Multi Component Sensors See All Pressure Sensors See All Strain Sensors See All Strain Gauges See All Temperature Sensors See All Tilt Sensors See All Torque Sensors See All Vibration See All Accessories for Vibration Testing Equipment See All Vibration Controllers See All Measurement Exciters See All Modal Exciters See All Power Amplifiers See All LDS Shaker Systems See All Test Solutions See All Actuators See All Combustion Engines See All Durability See All eDrive See All Production Testing Sensors See All Transmission & Gearboxes See All Turbo Charger See All Training Courses See All Acoustics See All Asset & Process Monitoring See All Custom Sensors See All Durability & Fatigue See All Electric Power Testing See All NVH See All Reliability See All Vibration See All Weighing See All Automotive & Ground Transportation See All Calibration See All Installation, Maintenance & Repair See All Support Brüel & Kjær See All Release Notes See All Compliance

Main Menu

See All nCode - Durability and Fatigue Analysis See All ReliaSoft - Reliability Analysis and Management See All API See All Experimental Testing See All Electroacoustics See All Noise Source Identification See All Environmental Noise See All Sound Power and Sound Pressure See All Noise Certification See All Industrial Process Control See All Structural Health Monitoring See All Electrical Devices Testing See All Electrical Systems Testing See All Grid Testing See All High-Voltage Testing See All Vibration Testing with Electrodynamic Shakers See All Structural Dynamics See All Machine Analysis and Diagnostics See All Dynamic Weighing See All Vehicle Electrification See All Calibration Services for Transducers See All Calibration Services for Handheld Instruments See All Calibration Services for Instruments & DAQ See All On-Site Calibration See All Resources See All Software License Management
August 13, 2020


The ITER Tokamak fusion reactor, currently under construction in France, is undoubtedly one of the most exciting energy production technology projects of today. Could it be that this is the future of energy production? Or do we need to think a few dimensions smaller? In any case, one thing is certain: ITER, with its very complex technological challenges, is also a proving ground for all kinds of high-tech.


The next step of the project has just been launched: the five-year construction period for the reactor has begun ( This is the next big piece of construction for a gigantic, €20 billion puzzle – as the New York Times describes it. 


The ITER timetable


The timetable is now as follows: the plan is to generate plasma for the first time in ITER in 2025, and by 2035, the hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium should be able to fuse, thereby supplying more energy than is needed to start the reaction. More information about the ITER plans can be found on the project’s website, where you can also find numerous animations and infographics:


ITER serves and will continue to serve basic research in the future. However, it is not planned to actually generate ‘normal’ electricity here. Would you like to know more about how nuclear fusion works? Here is a compact and useful refresher:


HBK’s contribution to ITER


We will be curious to see how the ITER project develops. And we at HBK are also proud that our technology is part of this gigantic puzzle. Among other things, our optical sensors ensure that stable measurements can continue to be delivered under extreme conditions – cryogenic temperatures, vacuum and radiation. Details can be found here


What does ITER stand for?


Finally, one question remains: what does the abbreviation ITER actually stand for? The answer is: International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor.


Is nuclear fusion the 'hottest' new renewable on the block?



Related blog articles

About HBK

Accelerate your product innovation with HBK solutions in virtual, physical and in-process testing.  From the electrification of mobility to the advancement of smart manufacturing, we support you throughout the entire product lifecycle, sharing your mission for a cleaner, healthier, and more productive world.