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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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Nine organisations have secured contracts worth £11.6m ($14.6bn) in total from United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to develop innovative technologies for fusion energy. The nine organisations have been awarded a total of 10 contracts and are a mix of start-ups, small-medium enterprises, established companies, and academia.

Date: Wednesday, 13 December 2023
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The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has awarded ten contracts worth a total GBP11.6 million (USD14.6 million) to nine organisations to develop their innovative technologies for fusion energy.

Date: Saturday, 09 December 2023
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) have announced a new strategic partnership to accelerate the demonstration and commercialisation of fusion energy.

Date: Saturday, 11 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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Collaboration between the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Dell Technologies, Intel and the University of Cambridge is underway to advance the development of the UK’s prototype fusion power plant. Scientists and engineers plan to access supercomputers and AI (artificial intelligence) to inform and accelerate engineering designs of the UKAEA’s STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) facility. UKAEA says the engineering designs of STEP, sited in Nottinghamshire, “will be developed in a highly immersive and connected virtual environment, known as the ‘Industrial Metaverse’”.

Date: Thursday, 06 July 2023
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A collaboration between the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Dell Technologies, Intel and the University of Cambridge will explore how supercomputers and artificial intelligence technologies with advanced predictive capabilities can deliver a 'digital twin' of the UK's prototype fusion power plant design.

Date: Saturday, 01 July 2023
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Seven companies and universities have been selected for GBP6.8 million (USD8.5 million) of contracts to take their work on digital engineering and fusion fuel requirements to 'proof of concept' stage by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

Date: Friday, 09 June 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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