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Russia’s DV Efremov Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA, part of Rosatom) says a Japanese test assembly has completed testing for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), under construction in France. Eight elements of a prototype divertor, passed 6,000 test cycles at loads from 5 to 20 MW per square metre, confirming "the compliance of the Japanese element with the highest requirements" of ITER. The tests were carried out at the ITER Divertor Test Facility (IDTF) in St Petersburg, which supports tasks for the ITER project.

Date: Wednesday, 12 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-niiefa-tests-japanese-component-for-iter-11000375

UK-based Pulsar Fusion has entered into a partnership with US Princeton Satellite Systems (PSS) to apply machine learning to study data from the Princeton field-reverse configuration (PFRC-2) reactor. The aim is to advance delivery of practical fusion propelled spacecraft that can make interstellar space travel practical.

Date: Saturday, 17 June 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstransatlantic-partnership-to-advance-interstellar-fusion-travel-10946500

UK clean space propulsion systems and services company Pulsar Fusion has formed a partnership with USA-based Princeton Satellite Systems to use artificial intelligence (AI) to design a hyper-fast space rocket capable of reaching Mars in only 30 days.

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-US-partnership-for-nuclear-fusion-rockets

The first thermonuclear plasma has been achieved at the T-15MD tokamak, at Russia’s Kurchatov Institute and the facility is operating steadily, according to Kurchative Institute President Mikhail Kovalchuk. The physical launch of the T-15MD tokamak took place in May 2021. "The stable plasma, at millions of degrees Celsius, has been obtained.… This most complicated and expensive installation started up immediately and is now working, gaining power and reaching global parameters,” he said.

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-t-15md-tokamak-achieves-first-stable-plasma-10770011

After successful recommissioning in autumn 2022, the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator fusion device at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) has achieved some significant breakthroughs. In 2023, an energy turnover of 1 gigajoule was targeted, but researchers have now achieved 1.3 gigajoules. Moreover, a new record for discharge time was achieved, with the hot plasma maintained for eight minutes.

Date: Wednesday, 01 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssuccessful-fusion-experiments-at-germanys-wendelstein-7-x-10636975

Scientists at the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) are investigating tungsten heavy alloys as possible materials for use in advanced nuclear fusion reactors. Before fusion energy can be used as a power source, it will be necessary to develop advanced nuclear fusion reactors that can withstand the high temperatures and irradiation conditions that result from fusion reactions.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmetal-alloys-to-support-to-nuclear-fusion-energy-10547958

A new mode of improved plasma confinement has been demonstrated at the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences announced. It said the new high-confinement and self-organising Super I-mode "represents the reliability and advancement of the machine itself but also offers insights into how to better maintain the plasma operating stably and for long duration".

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Chinese-tokamak-achieves-Super-I-mode

San Diego, California-based General Atomics (GA) has announced a steady-state, compact advanced tokamak Fusion Pilot Plant (FPP) concept, which it says capitalises on its innovations and advancements in fusion technology.

Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/General-Atomics-announces-concept-for-Fusion-Pilot

Canada’s General Fusion and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) will collaborate on projects to "advance the commercialisation of magnetised target fusion energy".

Date: Wednesday, 19 October 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/General-Fusion-and-UKAEA-to-collaborate-on-fusion

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