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The US Department of Energy (DOE) on 13 February announced up to $50 million in cross-cutting departmental funding for programmes to support fusion energy research and development. 

Date: Tuesday, 18 February 2020
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Atkins, part of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has secured a five-year contract extension to continue as architect-engineer for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project.

Date: Friday, 07 February 2020
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Japan has completed its first 360-tonne D-shaped toroidal field coil for the Iter international fusion project under construction in France.

Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
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Italian state shipyard Fincantieri has been awarded an order, worth almost €100 million ($110m), for several high-profile systems, components and installations as part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
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The Iter tokamak buiding earlier this month at the construction site in southern France. Photo courtesy Iter. The Italian state shipyard that supplies the country’s warships has won a contract worth nearly €100m to enter a new business – nuclear fusion.

Fincantieri, based in Trieste and the largest shipbuilder in Europe, won the deal to supply equipment for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a multinational collaboration aimed at building an experimental hydrogen fusion reactor at Cadarache in the south of France.

Fincantieri said in a statement that the work would include a number of high-profile systems, components, installations as part of the Iter project.

A temporary consortium has been established for the work. It includes Fincantieri itself as the main contractor, its subsidiary Fincantieri SI, active in the field of plant design and industrial-scale electrical, electronic and electromechanical components, Delta-ti Impianti, specialised in mechanical plant engineering, and Comes, specialised in electrical plant engineering.

Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
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Assystem’s Sunderland engineering team will lead two crucial aspects of the UK’s STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) fusion project – Breeder Blanket and Materials Database, Assystem said on 20 December. STEP is being designed at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA’s) site at Culham in Oxfordshire. Assystem’s team of engineers will be contributing from their bases in Sunderland, Derby and Blackburn. Assystemhas experience delivering fusion projects including leading the design of the Divertor Remote Handling System (DRHS)  for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), under construction in France. The DRHS is a robotic arm that can operate inside the extremely hot environment of the fusion reactor.

Date: Wednesday, 25 December 2019
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China has completed the construction of the HL-2M tokamak fusion reactor at a research centre in Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan province.

Date: Friday, 29 November 2019
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Civil engineering works have been completed on the building that will house the fusion machine of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. The final concrete was poured yesterday for the upper part of the Tokamak Complex, meaning the metal frame of its roof can now be installed.

Date: Saturday, 09 November 2019
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Fusion for Energy (F4E), the European Union (EU) organisation managing Europe’s contribution to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction in France, has awarded a contract to Spanish GDES Group’s Surface Treatment Unit for the application of specific coatings to the Iter buildings.

Date: Tuesday, 01 October 2019
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