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Design and R&D of a megawatt lithium-cooled space nuclear reactor was the subject of a recent detailed article in the scientific journal SCIENTIA SINICA Technologica (v.54, Issue 3, pp. 365-376) co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Date: Saturday, 13 April 2024
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A ceremony was held on 3 November to mark the final shipment from China of assemblies for the magnet supporting system of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion machine under construction in Cadarache, southern France.

Date: Wednesday, 08 November 2023
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A key component of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), under construction in France has been removed for essential repairs. The first of nine sector modules that will comprise the tokamak torus, which was installed in the assembly pit in May 2022, has now been removed in a reverse operation.

Date: Saturday, 15 July 2023
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The first of nine sector modules installed to form the tokamak torus of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion machine in Cadarache, southern France, has been removed for repairs.

Date: Wednesday, 12 July 2023
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Physicists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have proposed that the formation of "hills and valleys" in magnetic field lines could be the source of sudden collapses of heat ahead of disruptions that can damage doughnut-shaped tokamak fusion facilities. Their discovery could help overcome a critical challenge facing such facilities.

Date: Saturday, 01 October 2022
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All four hydraulic tanks of the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) have been installed in the design position at unit 2 of Russia’s Kursk-II NPP two months ahead of schedule, according to Rosatom. They form the first of three stages of the ECCS. In case of a loss of coolant, the hydraulic tanks of each stage are sequentially activated as part of the passive safety system.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
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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.

Date: Saturday, 05 December 2020
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French electricity utility EDF has bought out US joint venture partner Constellation Energy's 50% stake in US nuclear new-build company UniStar for $140 million. The deal follows Constellation Energy's withdrawl from the US Department of Energy's loan guarantee programme, which it argued was prohibitively expensive.

Date: Wednesday, 27 October 2010
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