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For the first time ever, through the Broader Approach agreement, a scientific partnership signed between Europe and Japan, experts have successfully measured the amount of tritium in the metal dust on walls similar to those of ITER, F4E announced. This will help scientists develop models to calculate the quantity of tritium that will be retained in the ITER Vacuum Vessel and improve several aspects of safety.

Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2020
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Expansion of the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator fusion device at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald is entering a new stage with the final delivery of components for the divertor.

Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
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Scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) on 25 June reported a new record performance at the Wendelstein 7-X stellerator, which began operation in 2015. Earlier experiments saw the plasma in the reactor achieve higher temperatures and densities than ever before, and now the records have been broken again in a new test with upgraded components. Like the tokamak, the stellarator uses large superconducting magnets to suspend hydrogen plasma and heat it to the temperatures and pressures needed to fuse hydrogen into helium. The Wendelstein 7-X has 50 superconducting magnet coils some 3.5 metres high. However, while the tokamak confines plasma in a doughnut shaped torus, the stellarator traps the plasma in a twisting spiral shape, which is designed to cancel out instabilities in the suspended plasma.

Date: Thursday, 28 June 2018
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The Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR), a tokamak nuclear fusion reactor, achieved a world record of 70 seconds in high-performance plasma operation, South Korea's National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI) said in a statement on 14 December. NFRI said a fully non-inductive operation mode - a "high poloidal beta scenario" - had been used to achieve this long and steady state of operation using a high-power neutron beam. It said various techniques, including a rotating 3D field, had been applied to alleviate the accumulated heat fluxes on the plasma-facing components.

Date: Thursday, 22 December 2016
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Sweden's government on June 10 struck a deal with the opposition to continue nuclear power for the foreseeable future, reversing an earlier nuclear phase out policy. The government coalition, comprising Social Democrats and the Greens, had agreed in October 2014 to freeze nuclear energy development, while the opposition has been in favour of building new reactors. The new arrangement is aimed at securing long-term energy supplies to households and industry, the government said. "Sweden shall have a robust electricity system with a high level of secure supply, low environmental impact and energy at competitive prices," the agreement said.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016
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Scientists at China's Institute of Plasma Physics in Hefei Jiangsu province, reported on 3 February that experiments on their Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) facility had successfully created a sustained hydrogen plasma for a record 102 seconds, according to the South China Morning Post.

Date: Tuesday, 09 February 2016
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Scientists at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald on 4 February generated the first hydrogen plasma at the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator, the world's largest and most modern stellarator type fusion device.

Date: Friday, 05 February 2016
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First plasma has been produced at the Wendelstein 7-X, the world's largest stellarator-type fusion device, at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald. IPP, the first plasma had a duration of one tenth of a second and achieved a temperature of around one million degrees.

Date: Monday, 14 December 2015
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The USA is investing over $7.5 million in the construction of the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany.

Credit: IPPWendelstein 7-X will be the world's largest and most modern device of the stellarator type once completed.

Date: Tuesday, 12 July 2011
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The joining together of the first two modules of a new fusion reactor has begun at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany. The Wendelstein 7-X stellarator should be complete in 2014.

Date: Tuesday, 15 April 2008
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