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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


Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

The UK and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration agreement to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The collaboration is expected to lead to new robotics and automation techniques used in Japan and the UK.

Nuclear Policies 20 January 2021


Final major contracts signed for Iter Tokamak Complex assembly

Final major contracts signed for Iter Tokamak Complex assembly

The ITER Organisation has selected the contractors to carry out assembly and installation activities inside the Tokamak Complex at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction in Cadarache, France. These contracts are the last major assembly and installation contracts planned for first-phase Iter assembly.

New Nuclear 12 January 2021


UK confirms status of nuclear as clean energy

UK confirms status of nuclear as clean energy

The UK government has identified nuclear power as a way to help the country achieve the four-fold increase in clean electricity generation needed to achieve its net zero target. Its long-awaited Energy White Paper published today notes that renewables now account for over one-third of electricity generation, up from 7% in 2010, but "building on this foundation" the country will "need to go further".

Nuclear Policies 14 December 2020


UK seeks host community for STEP fusion plant

UK seeks host community for STEP fusion plant

The UK government has called on local communities across the country to put forward proposals to host the UK’s prototype fusion energy power plant. Today's announcement follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and the UK’s ambition to be the first country in the world to commercialise fusion energy technology.

New Nuclear 02 December 2020


Speech: Hosting the world's first fusion power plant

Speech: Hosting the world's first fusion power plant

The UK government announced this week its invitation to local communities to put forward proposals to host the country's prototype fusion energy power plant. The successful site will be home to the construction of STEP - the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production - that is targeted for completion by 2040. At a media briefing ahead of the government's announcement, Professor Ian Chapman, CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, explained why this is an exciting prospect for the whole world.

Perspectives 04 December 2020