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Helion prepares to build Polaris fusion prototype
03 August, 2021
US fusion energy developer Helion Energy said on 27 July that it had...
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Doosan Babcock and Altrad to support UK fusion research
Friday, July 16, 2021 by Doosan Babcock has signed a three-year contract to provide a range of industrial support services in support of the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s fusion research and technology programme.

Russian research on tritium cycle supports fusion development
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 by Russia’s AA Bochvar Institute of Inorganic Materials (VNIINM – part of Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL) has developed a basic version of the technological tritium cycle for modernisation...

Euratom Programme receives €300 million for fusion research
Thursday, July 08, 2021 by The European Commission (EC) on 2 July adopted the Euratom Work Programme 2021-2022, implementing the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2025. The Work Programme outlines...

Shine to receive financing from Koch
Thursday, July 01, 2021 by US-based Shine Medical Technologies announced on 28 June that it had closed a $150-million Series C-5 financing. Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT) led the round, which also...

Helion Energy achieves 100 million degrees Celsius fusion fuel temperature
Thursday, June 24, 2021 by US-based Helion Energy said on 22 June that it had become the first private company to announce exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius in its 6th fusion generator prototype,...

ITER reports on progress
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 by At its 28th Meeting on 16-17 June, the ITER Council convened via remote video conference to assess the latest progress reports and performance metrics of the ITER Project....

First shot fired by First Light Fusion Big Gun
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 by UK Science Minister and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Science, Research & Innovation Amanda Solloway on 17 June visited First Light Fusion in Oxford and officially fired...

Canada’s General Fusion to build demonstration plant in the UK
Thursday, June 17, 2021 by General Fusion has agreed to build and operate its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Campus in Oxfordshire.

US DOE announces funding for stellarator research
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by The US Department of Energy (DOE) on 8 June announced $6.4 million in funding for US scientists to carry out seven research projects at two major fusion energy facilities located...

General Atomics prepares to ship first module of ITER’s Central Solenoid
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by After a decade of design and fabrication, US-based General Atomics said on 15 June that it is ready to ship the first module of the Central Solenoid to the International...

Toshiba manufactures toroidal field coils for ITER
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by Japan’s Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions (Toshiba ESS) announced on 8 June that it had manufactured the first of four toroidal field coils for the International...

ITER contracts Spain’s ENSA for welding work
Wednesday, June 02, 2021 by The ITER Organisation said on 31 May that it had concluded a contract with the Spanish company ENSA (Equipos Nucleares SA) for the welding of the ITER vacuum vessel. Since 2012, ENSA...

Another world record for China’s EAST fusion reactor
Tuesday, June 01, 2021 by China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) fusion reactor on 28 May achieved another world record by maintaining a plasma temperature at 120 million decrees Celsius...

Russian government invests in Tokamak upgrade
Thursday, May 27, 2021 by The Russian government said on 26 May that RUB4.9 billion ($66,6m) will be allocated for the technical retrofitting of the T-15MD tokamak thermonuclear installation located at...

MHI Completes Four TF Coils for ITER
Thursday, May 27, 2021 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said on 24 May it had completed manufacture of four toroidal field (TF) coils (of a total of five, including one spare) ordered by the...

UKAEA research breakthrough a game-changer for fusion
Thursday, May 27, 2021 by Scientists at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) “have successfully tested a world-first concept that could clear one of the major hurdles in developing fusion energy”, UKAEA said...

Russia launches T-15MD tokamak at the Kurchatov Institute
Thursday, May 20, 2021 by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on 18 May took part in the launch ceremony of the T-15MD tokamak installation at the National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute. The...

First Light Fusion installs hyper-velocity gas gun
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 by UK-based First Light Fusion, which is researching energy generation via inertial fusion, said on 13 May that it had completed construction of a 22-metre-long two-stage gas gun as part...

IAEA Fusion Energy Conference attracts record participation
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 by The 28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC), which is being held on-line from 10-15 May, has attracted a record 3,400 attendees, including both full participants and observers....

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