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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and other IAEA officials have signed several agreements at the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA), during Grossi’s first official visit to China. Grossi met with several high-level officials and visited nuclear facilities and institutions in Beijing, Shanghai and Shandong.

Date: Friday, 26 May 2023
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Japan’s Kyoto Fusioneering (KF) has raised JPY10.5bn ($79m) in an oversubscribed Series C funding round led by existing investor, JIC Venture Growth Investments. The round attracted a total of 17 investors, including 11 new supporters. KF said this latest capital infusion brings total funds raised to JPY12.2bn.

Date: Wednesday, 24 May 2023
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US fusion energy tech startup Helion Energy has signed an agreement to provide Microsoft with electricity from its first fusion power plant. Constellation will serve as the power marketer and will manage transmission for the project. Helion said the plant is expected to be online by 2028 and will target power generation of 50 MW or more after a one-year ramp up period. The companies did not disclose financial or timing details of the power purchase agreement, or which Microsoft facilities would get fusion-generated electricity.

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2023
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US-based Jacobs has been selected to design and engineer remotely-operated tools for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) under construction at Saint-Paul-les-Durance in southern France. The four-year framework contract with a possible two-year extension covers work on up to 25 diagnostic ports and systems. Jacobs says the project will capitalise on extensive remote-handling experience and knowledge of the diagnostics and port cell areas gained from previous work.

Date: Saturday, 29 April 2023
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Jacobs has been awarded a contract to design and engineer maintenance systems for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion project.

Date: Thursday, 27 April 2023
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will base its regulatory framework for fusion energy systems on its existing process for licensing the use of byproduct materials.

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023
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A Chinese tokamak device has set a new world record for a steady-state high-constraint mode plasma operation and German researchers have discovered a way to build smaller and cheaper fusion reactors. Meanwhile a US Government Accountability Office report on achieving commercial fusion cautions that several challenges must still be overcome.

Date: Friday, 14 April 2023
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South Korea has begun preparations to begin building a nuclear fusion reactor after 2035. It aims to produce electric power around 2050 in a bid to keep up with the intensifying international competition for the future clean and limitless energy, the Ministry of Science, Information & Communication Technology said.

Date: Thursday, 02 March 2023
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Holtec International has completed the fabrication and delivery of the Centre Stack Casing (CSC) for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's (PPPL's) National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U), a precursor to commercial nuclear power based on nuclear fusion.

Date: Thursday, 16 February 2023
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A poloidal field coil - the largest component being produced in Russia for the multinational fusion project - has completed its journey to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) construction site in France.

Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2023
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