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Toshiba completes initial toroidal field coil for ITER

Toshiba completes initial toroidal field coil for ITER

Japan's Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation announced today it has completed the manufacture of the first of four toroidal field coils it is supplying to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project. Nine of ITER's 18 toroidal field coils, plus a spare, are being fabricated in Europe with the other nine being made in Japan. Gigantic superconducting magnets, they will generate the magnetic cage to contain the ITER fusion reactor's plasma.

New Nuclear 08 June 2021


Positive results from UK plasma exhaust research

Positive results from UK plasma exhaust research

Initial results from the UK Atomic Energy Authority's new MAST Upgrade experiment at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, England, have demonstrated the effectiveness of an innovative exhaust system designed to make compact fusion power plants commercially viable. The new exhaust system - called the Super-X divertor - is designed to channel plasma out of the machine at temperatures low enough for its materials to withstand - meaning that components can last much longer.

New Nuclear 27 May 2021


First Light Fusion completes two-stage gas gun within 10 months

First Light Fusion completes two-stage gas gun within 10 months

First Light Fusion has completed construction of a 22-metre-long two-stage gas gun as part of its experimental efforts to develop "a simpler, faster, and cheaper route" to commercial fusion energy. The UK company says it has successfully fired first test shots, with fusion experimental shots on the new device starting next month.

New Nuclear 13 May 2021


ITER's mission to fuel the future of humanity

ITER's mission to fuel the future of humanity

From a childhood fascination with "what small means" to simulating the power of the sun to bring affordable energy to all of mankind. This is the journey described by Sergio Orlandi, head of the Central Engineering and Plant Directorate at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).

Energy & Environment 04 May 2021


Assembly of ITER magnet system starts

Assembly of ITER magnet system starts

The sixth Poloidal Field coil of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor was inserted into the fusion machine's tokamak pit on April 21. The milestone marks the beginning of the assembly of ITER's magnet system, which will control the shape and stability of the ITER plasma. First plasma at ITER - in Cadarache, France - is planned for 2025, with deuterium-tritium fusion experiments commencing in 2035.

New Nuclear 26 April 2021


TAE reaches 'hot enough' plasma milestone

TAE reaches 'hot enough' plasma milestone

TAE Technologies, the California, USA-based fusion energy technology company, has announced that its proprietary beam-driven field-reversed configuration plasma generator has produced stable plasma at over 50 million degrees Celsius. The milestone has helped the company raise USD280 million in additional funding.

New Nuclear 09 April 2021


US scientists introduce new fusion reactor concept

US scientists introduce new fusion reactor concept

Scientists at the US Department of Energy's DIII-D National Fusion Facility have released a new concept for a compact fusion reactor design they say can help define the technology necessary for commercial fusion power. The Compact Advanced Tokamak concept enables a higher-performance, self-sustaining configuration that holds energy more efficiently, allowing it to be built at a reduced scale and cost.

New Nuclear 01 April 2021


China launches Iter tritium breeding project

China launches Iter tritium breeding project

The first project of the Chinese Helium-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Test Blanket System for the Iter fusion reactor project was launched on 15 March at China National Nuclear Corporation's Southwestern Institute of Physics in Chengdu, Sichuan province. It marks the start of China's implementation phase of tritium breeding technology in Iter.

New Nuclear 17 March 2021


US could operate a fusion plant by 2040, Academy says

US could operate a fusion plant by 2040, Academy says

The US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has called for urgent investment by the government and private sector to enable a pilot fusion plant to be operational in the 2035-2040 timeframe.

New Nuclear 12 March 2021


First ITER solenoid module completed

First ITER solenoid module completed

General Atomics has completed the construction and testing of the first of seven superconducting magnet modules that will make up the Central Solenoid of the ITER international fusion machine. The module is part of the USA's largest contribution to the fusion project, and will be shipped to the ITER construction site in France later this year.

New Nuclear 05 February 2021