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First poloidal field coil moved to Iter’s Tokamak pit
29 April, 2021
The first of the six Poloidal Field (PF) coils has been transported to...
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More equipment for Iter
Thursday, April 29, 2021 by UK-based CMP said on 27 April that it had supplied thousands of cleats (supports/fastenings) to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter).

Atkins awarded design contract for fusion energy research centre
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 by Atkins, part of the SNC-Lavalin Group, said on 21 April that it had been appointed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to help design the world's first centre for...

US fusion company expects commercial fusion power plant by the end of the decade
Monday, April 12, 2021 by California-based TAE Technologies said on 8 April that it had raised an additional $280 million for its reactor-scale demonstration fusion facility to support the final step toward...

General Atomics develops compact tokamak concept for fusion
Thursday, April 01, 2021 by Scientists at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in the USA have released a new design for a compact fusion reactor that can generate electricity and help define the technology...

Russia completes key equipment for Iter
Monday, March 22, 2021 by Russia is supplying 25 sophisticated high-tech systems for the International Thermonuclear Fusion Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction in France. In St Petersburg, at...

China launches tritium breeding blanket project for Iter
Thursday, March 18, 2021 by The first project of China’s Helium-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Test Blanket System (HCCB TBS) for the International Thermonuclear Fusion Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction...

European Council approves continued financing for ITER
Thursday, February 25, 2021 by The European Council in a press release on 22 February said it had adopted a decision securing the continuation of European financing for the International Thermonuclear...

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...

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