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The Joint European Torus (JET) at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA’s) Culham facility has performed its final experiments, marking the end of 40 years of groundbreaking experiments. JET delivered pulse number 105,842 on 18 December over four decades after it delivered its first pulse on 25 June 1983. UKAEA CEO, Professor Sir Ian Chapman, who was present for the final plasma experiment, said: “This is the final milestone in JET’s 40-year history. Those decades of research using JET by dedicated teams of scientists and engineers have played a critical role in accelerating the development of fusion energy.”

Date: Wednesday, 03 January 2024
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The UK's Fusion Cluster report Growing the fusion workforce: Challenges and opportunities for the future says that "having the correct breadth and depth of skills is crucial" and says the sector must learn from other STEM industries in tackling issues such as lack of diversity.

Date: Thursday, 09 November 2023
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The UK Government announced that UK researchers can now apply for grants and bid to take part in projects under Europe’s Horizon science R&D programme. The UK will be participating as a fully associated member for the remaining life of the programme to 2027. UK membership. The announcement also stated that the UK will associate to Copernicus, the European Union’s (EU's) Earth observation programme. However, it will not associate to the Euratom Research & Training programme (Euratom R&T) and by extension, the Fusion for Energy (F4E) Programme although there is an agreement to cooperate specifically on nuclear fusion.

Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2023
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and other IAEA officials have signed several agreements at the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA), during Grossi’s first official visit to China. Grossi met with several high-level officials and visited nuclear facilities and institutions in Beijing, Shanghai and Shandong.

Date: Friday, 26 May 2023
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Japan’s Kyoto Fusioneering (KF) has raised JPY10.5bn ($79m) in an oversubscribed Series C funding round led by existing investor, JIC Venture Growth Investments. The round attracted a total of 17 investors, including 11 new supporters. KF said this latest capital infusion brings total funds raised to JPY12.2bn.

Date: Wednesday, 24 May 2023
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US fusion energy tech startup Helion Energy has signed an agreement to provide Microsoft with electricity from its first fusion power plant. Constellation will serve as the power marketer and will manage transmission for the project. Helion said the plant is expected to be online by 2028 and will target power generation of 50 MW or more after a one-year ramp up period. The companies did not disclose financial or timing details of the power purchase agreement, or which Microsoft facilities would get fusion-generated electricity.

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2023
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The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korea Institute of Fusion Energy (KFE) to co-operate in research and development for remote handling and the maintenance of future power plants. The aim is to make fusion part of the world’s future energy supply.

Date: Friday, 31 March 2023
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The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has awarded contracts to 18 organisations to demonstrate how their innovative technologies and proposed solutions can help to commercialise fusion energy. The contracts are for feasibility studies from £50,000 ($60,000) to £200,000.

Date: Friday, 03 March 2023
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Experiments conducted at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA’s) Joint European Torus (JET) in Culham have managed to achieve “clean” plasma by creating a heat barrier.

Date: Wednesday, 01 March 2023
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