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Neutrino detection kit has been installed within the containment of Argentina's Atucha 2 reactor in support of a US-Argentine experiment to learn more about the mysterious particles.

Date: Wednesday, 08 December 2021
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The Volgodonsk branch of Russia’s AEM-technology Atommash (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) said on 6 August that it had manufactured a set of elbows for the main circulation pipeline (MCP) for units 7 and 8 of China’s Tianwan NPP and units 3 and 4 of the Xudabao NPP. The work was carried out in two stages at the thermal press section of Atommash. At first, the specialists performed ovalisation - the blanks with the help of a press were given the necessary oval shape. At the second stage, the bending of the products took place. After two-stage holding in an oven at a temperature of 870 to 1080 degrees, the elbows were placed in a specialised stamp. Under pressure from a press with a force of 6,000 ton-forces, the workpieces were bent at 29 degrees. The mass of the finished product is 2 tons, the diameter is 1050mm. In total, specialists manufactured 16 MCP components for the two NPPs in China.

Date: Thursday, 12 August 2021
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The Petrozavodsk branch of AEM-Technologies JSC (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) said on 8 July it had carried out cargo tests of two casings for the main circulation pumping units (MCPU) for unit 2 of the Akkuyu NPP being built in Turkey. The purpose of the cargo tests is to control the strength of the welded seams between the trunnions and the reactor coolant pipeline (RCP) body.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
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Russia's state space agency Roscosmos on 22 May presented the design of future satellites and orbital stations equipped with space nuclear-powered tug technology at the New Knowledge forum in Moscow.

Date: Tuesday, 25 May 2021
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The UK government announced this week its invitation to local communities to put forward proposals to host the country's prototype fusion energy power plant. The successful site will be home to the construction of STEP - the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production - that is targeted for completion by 2040. At a media briefing ahead of the government's announcement, Professor Ian Chapman, CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, explained why this is an exciting prospect for the whole world.

Date: Saturday, 05 December 2020
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Scientists from Russia’s National Research Technological University "MISiS" have developed a prototype of a nuclear battery, which is significantly cheaper than analogues, the corporate newspaper of the State Corporation Rosatom said on 14 October.

Date: Friday, 16 October 2020
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The ITER Organisation announced that the lower cylinder of the cryostat for the international experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor under construction at Cadarache in France has been settled in its final position.

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
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The vacuum vessel section was manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries. Photo courtesy Iter. The first of seven sections of the vacuum vessel for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction in southern France has been produced in South Korea and is being prepared for shipping.

The vacuum vessel is a 5,000-tonne steel chamber designed to house the world's first reactor-scale fusion plasma at Iter.

Iter said that according to its machine assembly plan, section number six of the vacuum vessel, manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries, will be shipped to Iter’s Cadarache site followed by section number seven, which is also being manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries and is more than 90% complete.

Europe is providing the other five vacuum vessel sections. Europe is contributing almost half of the €20bn cost of Iter’s construction. The other six members of the venture – China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the US – are contributing equally to the rest.

Date: Thursday, 30 April 2020
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The Iter tokamak buiding earlier this month at the construction site in southern France. Photo courtesy Iter. The Italian state shipyard that supplies the country’s warships has won a contract worth nearly €100m to enter a new business – nuclear fusion.

Fincantieri, based in Trieste and the largest shipbuilder in Europe, won the deal to supply equipment for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a multinational collaboration aimed at building an experimental hydrogen fusion reactor at Cadarache in the south of France.

Fincantieri said in a statement that the work would include a number of high-profile systems, components, installations as part of the Iter project.

A temporary consortium has been established for the work. It includes Fincantieri itself as the main contractor, its subsidiary Fincantieri SI, active in the field of plant design and industrial-scale electrical, electronic and electromechanical components, Delta-ti Impianti, specialised in mechanical plant engineering, and Comes, specialised in electrical plant engineering.

Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
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