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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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Nuclear power can play a major role in reducing carbon emissions beyond electricity supply to include the industrial and transportation sectors, a fact that is leading to interest in integrated energy systems (IES), José Reyes, chief technology officer at NuScale Power, said yesterday. Reyes, who is co-designer of NuScale's passively-cooled small modular reactor (SMR), spoke at the International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power being held this week at the International Atomic Energy Agency's headquarters in Vienna.

Date: Friday, 11 October 2019
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The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on 2 August that it had awarded BWXT Nuclear Energy (a subsidiary of BWX Technologies) a three-year $18.8m contract to begin conceptual designs for a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) reactor in support of a possible future manned mission to Mars. Researchers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, say nuclear thermal propulsion technologies are more promising than ever, and BWXT Nuclear Energy has been contracted “to further advance and refine those concepts”.

Date: Thursday, 10 August 2017
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded BWXT Nuclear Energy a $18.8 million contract to initiate conceptual designs for a nuclear thermal propulsion reactor in support of a possible future manned mission to Mars. BWXT Nuclear Energy is a subsidiary of nuclear components, fuel and services provider BWX Technologies, which is based in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Date: Friday, 04 August 2017
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Following UK media reports questioning the future of UK's Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and the Joint European Torus (JET) in the wake of the UK's expected withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit), CCFE head Ian Chapman said on 30 November that "nothing has changed". JET is the largest tokamak in the world and the only operational fusion experiment currently capable of producing fusion energy.

Date: Tuesday, 06 December 2016
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