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European Council approves continued financing for ITER
25 February, 2021
The European Council in a press release on 22 February said it had adopted...
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Australian fusion energy start to begin experimental programme
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 by Australian fusion energy start-up HB11 Energy Holdings said on 19 February that it had closed its oversubscribed pre-seed fundraise at AUD4.6 million ($3.6m) and started its...

Russia’s Troitsk Institute pushes ahead with thermonuclear and plasma research
Monday, February 15, 2021 by Russia’s Troitsk Institute of Innovative and Thermonuclear Research (Triniti) in Moscow plans to build a new thermonuclear reactor by 2030, Deputy Director General Kirill Ilyin...

More key milestones for ITER
Monday, February 08, 2021 by San Diego-based General Atomics (GA) said on 4 February that, after nearly five years of fabrication and a two years of challenging tests, it has achieved the first major milestone in...

More investment for General Fusion
Monday, January 18, 2021 by Canada-based General Fusion on 14 January announced the close of financing from new investor, Thistledown Capital, a firm established by Shopify founder Tobias Lütke and his wife,...

Ansaldo Nucleare and Monsud to supply emergency power system for ITER
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 by Fusion For Energy has signed a five-year contract with Ansaldo Nucleare and its partner Monsud, for the design, implementation, testing and commissioning emergency electrical...

US report urges aggressive approach to fusion research
Friday, January 08, 2021 by An 80-page report by the US Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC), “Powering the Future: Fusion and Plasmas” published in December says the US should build a fusion...

UK’s First Light Fusion raises $25 million
Monday, January 04, 2021 by The UK’s First Light Fusion, an Oxford-based research company focusing on inertial fusion, said on 23 December that it had raised $25 million from both existing and new investors.

China commissions HL-2M tokamak
Monday, December 07, 2020 by China’s HL-2M tokamak fusion reactor in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, was commissioned on 4 December and achieved its first plasma discharge, according to China National Nuclear...

UKAEA seeks site for STEP fusion reactor
Thursday, December 03, 2020 by On 2 December, the UK government announced that the siting portal for the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant is open.

Another plasma record for Korea’s fusion researchers
Thursday, December 03, 2020 by South Korea’s National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI) on 24 November announced that the K-STAR fusion reactor had managed to operate the plasma at 100 million degrees Celsius for...

Russian scientific organisations join forces on fusion development
Monday, November 30, 2020 by The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), the Kurchatov Institute and Rosatom have agreed to jointly develop promising thermonuclear and plasma technologies, Viktor Ilgisonis, director...

ITER says schedule maintained despite COVID-19
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 by The Council of the ITER Organisation said on 19 November that it had reviewed in a videoconference the performance of the ITER Project toward first plasma in view of the...

UK's ten point plan supports small and advanced reactors
Friday, November 20, 2020 by The UK government has outlined plans to invest £525 million ($686 million) to help develop large and smaller-scale nuclear power plants, and research and develop new advanced...

General Fusion commissions AL_A to design fusion plant
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 by Canada-based General Fusion has partnered with architecture firm, AL_A, to assist in the design of its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP).

Russia sends more equipment to ITER
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 by Rosatom has manufactured elements for a new system of the ITER experimental thermonuclear reactor, under construction at Cadarache in France.

General Atomics wins ITER contract
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 by US-based General Atomics (GA) has been awarded a contract by US ITER, based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to develop the manufacturing process for components for the system that...

UK’s MAST Upgrade achieves first plasma
Saturday, October 31, 2020 by After a seven-year build, the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s £55 million ($71m) Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) Upgrade, achieved first plasma on 29 October, with all the...

Canada returns to ITER
Thursday, October 22, 2020 by The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Organisation on 15 October signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Canadian government, which sets out terms for the...

Progress for Oakridge MPEX fusion project
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by US Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) leaders last week to mark progress toward a next-generation...

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