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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).

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ITERs-mission-to-fuel-the-future-of-humanity

The first of the six Poloidal Field (PF) coils has been transported to the Tokamak pit at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction in France, Iter said on 26 April. The 350-tonne coil, 11.2 metres in diameter, is being transported by a crane that can carry a load of 750 tonnes. Once all the Toroidal Field (TF) coils are inserted, this PF coil will be installed in its final position.

Date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-poloidal-field-coil-moved-to-iters-tokamak-pit-8708773

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 researching tritium for use in fusion energy. The Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology (H3AT) facility will be built at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire and will support ongoing work at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) under construction in the South of France. This activity will also allow academic and industrial users to research how to process, store and recycle tritium, one of the fuels that will supply fusion power stations.

Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsatkins-awarded-design-contract-for-fusion-energy-research-centre-8702974

The sixth Poloidal Field (PF6) coil of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) 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.

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Assembly-of-ITER-magnet-system-starts

External rendering of Norman, TAE Technologies' fifth-gen fusion device. Image courtesy TAE Technologies. TAE Technologies, a California-based private company developing technology to generate power from nuclear fusion, has raised $280m from new and existing investors, including Google.

The company also announced what it called a landmark fusion technology milestone by producing stable plasma at more than 50 million degrees Celsius – nearly twice as hot as the sun – in a compact reactor design that can scale to competitive fusion-generated power.

“This milestone furthers confidence in TAE’s path to commercialisation and has aided the company in raising the $280m in additional funding,” a statement said.

The new capital will mostly be deployed towards further fusion work and a new reactor scale facility, the statement said.

A portion of the capital will be used to begin development of a demonstration facility called Copernicus that will operate well in excess of 100 million degrees Celsius to simulate net energy production from the conventional deuterium-tritium (D-T) fuel cycle.

Copernicus will provide opportunities for TAE to licence its technology for D-T fusion, while working towards its ultimate goal of delivering energy from the hydrogen-boron fuel cycle.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/california-company-gets-usd280-million-additional-funding-from-investors-including-google-4-1-2021

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

Date: Saturday, 10 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/TAE-reaches-hot-enough-plasma-milestone

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 necessary for commercial fusion power, General Atomics (GA) said on 29 March. The approach is based on the “Advanced Tokamak” concept pioneered by the DIII-D program, which enables a higher-performance, self-sustaining configuration that holds energy more efficiently than in typical pulsed configurations, allowing it to be built at a reduced scale and cost.

Date: Friday, 02 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgeneral-atomics-develops-compact-tokamak-concept-for-fusion-8644655

Scientists at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) 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 (CAT) concept enables a higher-performance, self-sustaining configuration that holds energy more efficiently, allowing it to be built at a reduced scale and cost.

Date: Friday, 02 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-scientists-introduce-new-fusion-reactor-concept

Russia is supplying 25 sophisticated high-tech systems for the International Thermonuclear Fusion Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction in France. In St Petersburg, at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant (SNSZ) specialists from SNSZ and from the DV Efremov Scientific Research Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA - part of Rosatom) have just completed the vacuum-injection impregnation of the winding of the superconducting coil for the magnetic system of the Iter reactor, Rosatom said on 19 March

Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-completes-key-equipment-for-iter-8616768

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

Date: Thursday, 18 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-launches-Iter-tritium-breeding-project