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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 COVID-19 restrictions.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-says-schedule-maintained-despite-covid-19-8376161

US-based General Atomics (GA) has been awarded a contract by US ITER, based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to develop the manufacturing process for components for the system that will transmit microwave heating into the heart of the ITER international fusion reactor under construction at Cadarache in France.

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgeneral-atomics-wins-iter-contract-8354329

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)'s fusion energy experiment - the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) Upgrade tokamak at Culham Science Centre - has achieved first plasma for the first time. MAST Upgrade will be the forerunner of the UK's prototype fusion power plant - Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) - due for completion by 2040. It will also aid preparations for Iter - the world's largest science megaproject, under construction in the South of France, which intends to demonstrate fusion power on an industrial scale.

Date: Tuesday, 03 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/MAST-Upgrade-achieves-first-plasma

The Mast Upgrade machine at Culham near Oxford.. Courtesy UKAEA. The UK Atomic Energy Authority’s £55m Mast (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak ) Upgrade machine has achieved first plasma – where all the essential components work together simultaneously.

The UKAEA said the device, which has taken seven years to build at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy near Oxford, will take the UK closer to delivering fusion energy and will be a vital testing facility for delivering the Step fusion power plant. Step (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) is due for completion by 2040.

Fusion energy offers the potential of an abundant, inherently safe low-carbon electricity supply. It involves fusing hydrogen particles in a hot gas known as a plasma to unlock large amounts of energy.

Operating fusion technologies requires a careful balancing act of controlling extreme heat, gas and powerful magnetic fields, amongst other complex systems.

Date: Friday, 30 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-plasma-achieved-at-uk-s-gbp55m-mast-tokamak-10-4-2020

The UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have announced that their current technical collaboration agreement, signed in 2001, is to be broadened to encompass High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) technology.

Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnnl-and-jaea-to-co-operate-on-htgrs-8191155

The ITER Organisation announced that the lower cylinder of the cryostat for the international experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor under construction at Cadarache in France has been settled in its final position.

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfinal-positioning-for-lower-cylinder-of-the-iter-cryostat-8127156

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $17 million in funding for research at the National Spherical Tokamak Experiment Upgrade (NSTX-U), a facility at DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey.

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-funding-for-tokamak-research-8127720

The ITER group, in a ceremony on 28 July marked the start of the machine assembly of the international experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor under construction at Cadarache in France.

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsassembly-of-iter-begins-in-france-8053044

A ceremony was held yesterday within the ITER Assembly Hall to mark the official start of the assembly of the tokamak fusion device of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. Assembly of the tokamak is expected to take five years to complete.

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Assembly-of-ITER-tokamak-officially-under-way