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UK affirms commitment to JET
28 June, 2017
UK Business Secretary Greg Clark said on 27 June that the UK government...
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Kazakhstan begins physical start up of tokamak
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Kazakhstan’s National Nuclear Centre (NNC) has launched the first stage of the physical start-up of the Tokamak KTM fusion reactor.

Microsoft to assist Canadian fusion project
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Canada's General Fusion has teamed up with US Microsoft to analyse its fusion energy experimental results using cloud-based big data techniques.

South Korea completes plasma chamber tool for Iter
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 A ceremony was held on 11 May in South Korea, to mark the end of the factory acceptance tests for the first vacuum vessel sector sub-assembly tool for the International...

UK pushes ahead with fusion
Monday, April 24, 2017 The Mage Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) facility at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) in the UK is to receive GBP21m ($27m) in funding to upgrade its plasma exhaust systems.

US toroidal field conductors delivered for Iter
Friday, March 17, 2017 All US-supplied toroidal field conductors for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction at Cadarache in France, have now been delivered to...

Diagnostic components delivered to Iter
Monday, March 13, 2017 The first International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) diagnostic components to be supplied by Fusion For Energy (F4E) have been delivered to the Iter site in...

Spherical tokamak aims for operation in 2030
Thursday, February 02, 2017 David Kingham, CEO of UK based Tokamak Energy says experimental and theoretical research has shown 'spherical' tokamaks to be a "fast route to fusion" compared with more...

NRG begins testing special steel for Iter
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 NRG of the Netherlands said on 25 January that it has started irradiation testing Eurofer97 low-activation stainless steel that will be used in the Iter nuclear fusion reactor...

Amec to design Iter simulator
Thursday, January 12, 2017 UK-based Amec Foster Wheeler has been appointed to carry out design development work for an integrated plant simulator for the €15bn ($16bn) International Thermonuclear...

Milestones for several fusion reactors
Thursday, December 22, 2016 The Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR), a tokamak nuclear fusion reactor, achieved a world record of 70 seconds in high-performance plasma operation, South...

Spain’s Ensa wins Iter contract
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Spain's Equipos Nucleares SA (Ensa) has been awarded a contract by Fusion For Energy (F4E) for the design, manufacture and delivery of four additional water detritiation tanks, part...

Concern over future of UK fusion research
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 Following UK media reports questioning the future of UK's Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and the Joint European Torus (JET) in the wake of the UK's expected withdrawal from...

Iter targets first plasma for 2025: Russians offer technical improvement
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 A new schedule for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) fusion project has been approved by the Iter Council, confirming that first plasma is now scheduled for...

Russia maintains its contributions to Iter
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom will receive an additional RUB2.7bn ($42.3m) from the state budget in 2017 to contribute to the International Thermonuclear Experimental...

Iter Robotics Contract signed
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Fusion for Energy (F4E), the European Union (EU) organisation managing Europe’s contribution to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), on 31 October signed a...

US MIT sets new fusion record
Thursday, October 20, 2016 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT’s) Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor on 30 September set a new world record for plasma pressure of 2.05 atmospheres. This...

Materials testing for Iter components
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 NRG at Petten in the Netherlands is preparing to use its high-flux reactor (HFR) to test the operation, integrity and quality of the “first wall” that will shield the nuclear...

ITER costs soar
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in southern France is costing almost four times the original estimate, but the ITER project's new head says...

Slow progress for Iter
Thursday, September 15, 2016 The organisation overseeing construction of the estimated €15bn (about $16bn) International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) in southern France has agreed to look at...

EU, Japan and Russia are biggest contributors to Iter
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 The European Union’s Euratom Community provided the largest share of financing for the estimated €15bn ($16bn) International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project in...

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