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Scientists of Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) are investigating the behaviour of welded joints made of E110 zirconium alloy, obtained by means of laser welding with the aim of developing accident tolerant fuel.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
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Russia’s Troitsk Institute of Innovative and Thermonuclear Research (Triniti - part of Rosatom’s scientific division) said on 5 October that, together with Krasnaya Zvezda (a Rosatom enterprise specialising in space propulsion systems), it had for the first time carried out external refuelling of the T-11M tokamak with liquid lithium in a continuous operating cycle.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
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UK Science Minister and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Science, Research & Innovation Amanda Solloway on 17 June visited First Light Fusion in Oxford and officially fired the first 'shot' in First Light's maiden fusion campaign using its newly completed 'Big Gun'.

Date: Wednesday, 23 June 2021
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After a decade of design and fabrication, US-based General Atomics said on 15 June that it is ready to ship the first module of the Central Solenoid to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) under construction in Saint-Paul-lès-Durance in southern France. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, ITER is almost 75% built and massive first-of-a-kind components have been arriving in France from three continents over the past 15 months. Construction of ITER is funded mainly by the European Union (45.6%) with the remainder shared equally by China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the USA (9.1% each). However, in practice, the members deliver little monetary contribution to the project, instead providing ‘in-kind’ contributions of components, systems or buildings.

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
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UK-based First Light Fusion, which is researching energy generation via inertial fusion, said on 13 May that it had completed construction of a 22-metre-long two-stage gas gun as part of its experimental efforts to develop a simpler, faster, and cheaper route to commercial fusion energy.

Date: Wednesday, 19 May 2021
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From a childhood fascination with "what small means" to simulating the power of the sun to bring affordable energy to all of mankind. This is the journey described by Sergio Orlandi, head of the Central Engineering and Plant Directorate at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
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Scientists at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in the USA have released a new design for a compact fusion reactor that can generate electricity and help define the technology necessary for commercial fusion power, General Atomics (GA) said on 29 March. The approach is based on the “Advanced Tokamak” concept pioneered by the DIII-D program, which enables a higher-performance, self-sustaining configuration that holds energy more efficiently than in typical pulsed configurations, allowing it to be built at a reduced scale and cost.

Date: Friday, 02 April 2021
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $29 million in funding for 14 projects as part of the Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW) programme.

Date: Tuesday, 08 September 2020
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The Wendelstein 7-X stellarator-type fusion device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. PHoto courtesy IPP. The next stage has begun of work to upgrade of the world’s largest stellarator-type fusion device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany.

IPP said installation of new water-cooled inner cladding of the plasma vessel will make the Wendelstein 7-X facility suitable for higher heating power and longer plasma pulses.

The new cladding’s centrepiece, the so-called divertor, was manufactured by the institute’s Garching branch. It was delivered to Greifswald on 17 March and installation work will last until well into next year.

Fusion systems of the stellarator type promise high-performance plasmas in continuous operation. Accordingly, heat and particles from the hot plasma permanently stress the vessel walls. It is the task of the divertor – a system of specially equipped baffle plates to which the particles from the edge of the plasma are magnetically directed – to regulate the interaction between plasma and wall.

Date: Thursday, 19 March 2020
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Laker TRF Ltd says its water detritiation technology could provide "cost-effective and reliable" detritiation for light water applications, such as contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and fusion power reactors, such as ITER.

Date: Saturday, 28 September 2019
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