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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

The European Council in a press release on 22 February said it had adopted a decision securing the continuation of European financing for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project during the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) period 2021-2027. The European contribution to the project for that period is set at €5.61 billion ($6.8bn) in current prices.

Date: Friday, 26 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseuropean-council-approves-continued-financing-for-iter-8547842

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 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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-signs-nuclear-cooperation-agreement-with-euratom-8435713

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/uk-and-eu-reach-post-brexit-nuclear-cooperation-agreement-12-2-2020

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

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/china-commissions-hl-2m-reactor-12-1-2020