For billions of years, energy from the Sun has warmed the Earth. Scientists now believe they can reproduce the same mechanisms to generate electricity.
In October Saigon-born Minh-Quang Tran, who has headed the Centre for Research in Plasma Physics at the Federal Technology Institute of Lausanne since 1999, will take over the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA), of which Switzerland is a panner.
The agency is set to overseeing European contributions to a fusion research project which involves building--along with Canada, Japan and Russia--an experimental reactor know as ITER.
ITER which will cost an estimated 3.8 billion (CHF2.5 billion), will be the first fusion device to produce thermal energy at the level of a...