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UK-based First Light Fusion (FLF) says it made progress in solving a key engineering challenges in its ongoing work to design a pilot power plant capable of producing commercial energy from fusion. FLF is pursuing a form of inertial confinement fusion called projectile fusion, which creates the extreme temperatures and pressures required to achieve ‘fusion’ by compressing a target containing fusion fuel using a projectile travelling at a tremendous speed. FLF says this does not involve using complex, energy-intensive, expensive lasers, or magnets and represents a simpler, cheaper, more energy-efficient approach to achieving fusion with lower physics risk.

Date: Friday, 05 April 2024
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First Light Fusion says it has taken a major step towards solving one of the major engineering challenges behind the design of an inertial confinement fusion pilot power plant.

Date: Thursday, 04 April 2024
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) vouchers to three companies to accelerate the innovation and application of their advanced nuclear technologies. GAIN?was established by DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy and provides the nuclear community with the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialisation while ensuring the continued, safe, and economic operation of the existing fleet. The vouchers provide companies access to the extensive nuclear research capabilities and expertise available across the DOE national laboratory complex.

Date: Saturday, 23 March 2024
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) team has completed a 11-day mission to the USA hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The nine-person team reviewed the nuclear security regime for nuclear material and nuclear facilities. This included an assessment of the governmental organisations and legislation relevant to physical protection, the regulatory role and processes, procedures and practices for inspection and enforcement and the sustainability of the regime.

Date: Thursday, 14 March 2024
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UK-based First Light Fusion (FLF) has become the first privately funded fusion company to fire a shot on the US Sandia National Laboratories’ Z Machine in New Mexico.

Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2024
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The federally funded vouchers aim to accelerate the innovation and application of advanced nuclear technologies by providing companies access to the extensive nuclear research capabilities and expertise of the US Department of Energy's national laboratory complex.

Date: Friday, 22 December 2023
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The first shipment of research reactor fuel elements under a nine-year contract between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and TRIGA International has arrived at Pennsylvania State University. Meanwhile, the original developer of the TRIGA research reactor has been awarded a design development services contract in support of a conceptual research reactor design for a new facility at Sandia National Laboratory.

Date: Thursday, 05 October 2023
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Tokamak Energy of the UK is to send its gamma radiation cryostat system to the US Department of Energy's Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, so that it can be exposed to extreme conditions to test lifetime fusion power plant performance.

Date: Saturday, 29 April 2023
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The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and First Light Fusion have signed an agreement for a facility to house First Light’s Machine 4 at UKAEA’s Culham Campus in Oxfordshire. The announcement of the design and construction of the new purpose-built building follows the recent confirmation of net energy gain by the US National Ignition Facility (NIF), at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Date: Friday, 27 January 2023
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