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US fusion energy developer Type One Energy Group has announced plans to build Infinity One - its stellarator fusion prototype machine - at Tennessee Valley Authority's Bull Run Fossil Plant in Clinton, Tennessee.

Date: Saturday, 24 February 2024
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science has awarded a three-year contract to US-based General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) to develop a scalable, cost-competitive path to manufacture silicon carbide (SiC) and SiC composite foam materials for advanced fusion power plants.

Date: Saturday, 03 February 2024
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Manufacturing and testing of prototype first wall panels for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion machine has been successfully completed, says St Petersburg-based JSC NIIEFA - part of the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 12 January 2024
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A ceremony was held on 3 November to mark the final shipment from China of assemblies for the magnet supporting system of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion machine under construction in Cadarache, southern France.

Date: Wednesday, 08 November 2023
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Opening the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 29th Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2023) in London, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi began by wishing a happy 40th anniversary to the Joint European Torus (JET) which operates at Culham near Oxford. Jet was “the first tritium experiment in Europe, breaker of scientific records, producer of generations of accomplished scientists and engineers, and a true magnet for international collaboration,” he said.

Date: Wednesday, 18 October 2023
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China's new-generation tokamak, Huanliu-3 (HL-3), has made significant progress operating in high-confinement mode (H mode) under a plasma current of 1 million amperes for the first time, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced. The experiment took place at CNNC’s Southwestern Institute of Physics (SWIP) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. It is not clear whether this refers to the HL-2M tokamak, which was commissioned at SWIP in December 2020 as an upgrade of the earlier the HL-2A or whether this is a further upgrade.

Date: Thursday, 07 September 2023
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The US DIII-D National Fusion Facility has completed a two-year research campaign, which included a record-breaking 1,600 hours of plasma research as part of 140 ground-breaking studies. The facility, is an Office of Science scientific user facility operated by General Atomics in San Diego for the Department of Energy (DOE). It will now begin a series of major upgrades over the next eight months to prepare for the next phase of research. These scheduled upgrades are intended to keep the facility at the forefront of fusion science as a valuable resource for the entire fusion community.

Date: Saturday, 15 July 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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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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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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