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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’s Troitsk Institute of Innovative and Thermonuclear Research (Triniti) in Moscow plans to build a new thermonuclear reactor by 2030, Deputy Director General Kirill Ilyin told Strana Rosatom on 9 February.

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-troitsk-institute-pushes-ahead-with-thermonuclear-and-plasma-research-8519913

General Atomics (GA) 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.

Date: Saturday, 06 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-ITER-solenoid-module-completed

Equipment for Japan’s JT-60SA tokamak manufactured by Russia’s DV Efremov Scientific Research Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA) passed acceptance tests at the tokamak site in Naka on 13 January.

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-equipment-accepted-for-japans-jt-60sa-tokamak-8458747

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.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Final-major-contracts-signed-for-Iter-Tokamak-Comp

An 80-page report by the US Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC), “Powering the Future: Fusion and Plasmas” published in December says the US should build a fusion pilot plant (FPP) by the 2040s.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-report-urges-aggressive-approach-to-fusion-research-8443475

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 "needs to go further".

Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-confirms-status-of-nuclear-as-clean-energy

China’s HL-2M tokamak fusion reactor in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, was commissioned on 4 December and achieved its first plasma discharge, according to China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschina-commissions-hl-2m-tokamak-8396171