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Tokamak Energy of the UK announced it has demonstrated a transformative magnet protection technology that improves the commercial viability of fusion power plants, delivering higher performance than alternative magnet systems. It said results from the latest tests validate a revolutionary approach to scaling up high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets, which are highly resilient to plasma disruptions.

Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021
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Nuclear fusion developer Tokamak Energy said it has demonstrated a "transformative magnet protection technology" that improves the commercial viability of fusion power plants.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
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Canadian company General Fusion is to build and operate a plant to demonstrate its nuclear fusion technology at UKAEA's Culham Campus near Oxford in the UK. The Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) will pave the way for a commercial pilot plant using Magnetised Target Fusion (MTF) technology and is expected to begin operations in 2025.

Date: Friday, 18 June 2021
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Initial results from the UK Atomic Energy Authority's (UKAEA's) new MAST Upgrade experiment at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) in Oxfordshire, England, have demonstrated the effectiveness of an innovative exhaust system designed to make compact fusion power plants commercially viable. The new exhaust system - called the Super-X divertor - is designed to channel plasma out of the machine at temperatures low enough for its materials to withstand - meaning that components can last much longer.

Date: Friday, 28 May 2021
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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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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
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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
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The UK Atomic Energy Authority has appointed Frazer-Nash to deliver a concept study for a lead-lithium flow loop cooling system for the design of the potential cooling blanket for the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme.

Date: Tuesday, 21 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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5 Apr (NucNet): The UK-based fusion energy company Tokamak Energy has urged the government to do more to encourage stronger private investment in the sector.

Date: Friday, 05 April 2019
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