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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
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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
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The UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said on 24 December that the UK and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) had signed a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA) which was a “separate agreement from the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement” finally agreed as part of the Brexit negotiations.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
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Draft treaty still needs ratification by UK and EU 27 The UK and the European Union reached last week a draft nuclear cooperation agreement in the framework of the general UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) concluded after last-minute talks in Brussels, the UK government and European Commission announced.

The general TCA draft, which was coined on 24 December after what the Commission called “intensive negotiations”, will define the terms of the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

The EC said the TCA is based on a free trade agreement, a new security partnership, and a governance agreement.

In addition to the TCA, the UK and the EU signed a nuclear cooperation agreement which is to define the future of the UK’s relationship with the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), one of the EU pillar treaties.

Euratom governs trade in nuclear materials and technology, ensures the security of nuclear energy supply, and enables, research, infrastructure and funding of nuclear energy. For the UK, leaving the EU meant the country would also leave the Euratom treaty.

Date: Wednesday, 30 December 2020
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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
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Facility will contribute towards development of Iter The HL-2M fusion reactor In Chengdu, China. Courtesy CNNC. The HL-2M tokamak fusion reactor in central China has been commissioned and has achieved its first plasma discharge, according to China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).

The reactor is China’s largest and most advanced nuclear fusion experimental research device. Scientists hope the device can potentially help unlock a powerful clean energy source.

HL-2M, located at CNNC’s Southwestern Institute of Physics Chengdu, Sichuan province, uses a powerful magnetic field to fuse hot plasma and can reach temperatures of over 150 million degrees Celsius, approximately 10 times hotter than the core of the sun.

Officials have said the HL-2M will put them one step closer to harnessing the power of nuclear fusion, the same process the real Sun uses to generate energy.

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
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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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South Korea’s National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI) on 24 November announced that the K-STAR fusion reactor had managed to operate the plasma at 100 million degrees Celsius for 20 seconds – the world’s first nuclear fusion reactor to have maintained plasma for more than 10 seconds at that temperature.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
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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
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Rosatom has manufactured elements for a new system of the ITER experimental thermonuclear reactor, under construction at Cadarache in France.

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020
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