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California-based TAE Technologies said on 8 April that it had raised an additional $280 million for its reactor-scale demonstration fusion facility to support the final step toward its commercialisation. The private fusion energy company announced a technology milestone by producing stable plasma at more than 50 million degrees Celsius in a proprietary compact reactor design that can scale to competitive fusion-generated power. “This milestone furthers confidence in TAE’s path to commercialisation,” the company said noting that the additional funding brings the total raised to more than $880 million “from some of the world’s most sophisticated investors”.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-fusion-company-expects-commercial-fusion-power-plant-by-the-end-of-the-decade-8663289

Policymakers who ignore nuclear energy are not serious about meeting climate goals, delegates said at an Atlantic Council webinar last week. The first in the Raising Ambitions series, the event highlighted the attributes of this clean source of electricity and heat ahead of the Leaders’ Climate Summit, which the US Administration is hosting on 22-23 April.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-can-help-raise-climate-ambitions

TAE Technologies, the California, USA-based fusion energy technology company, has announced that its proprietary beam-driven field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasma generator has produced stable plasma at over 50 million degrees Celsius. The milestone has helped the company raise USD280 million in additional funding.

Date: Saturday, 10 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/TAE-reaches-hot-enough-plasma-milestone

US-based BWX Technologies on 6 April announced a contract extension from the Department of Energy (DOE), valued at up to $690 million including options, for environmental management work at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The agreement, which took effect on 29 March, includes a one-year extension with two additional six-month options. Clean-up work at the site has been conducted by joint venture Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) since the contract was awarded in 2010.

Date: Friday, 09 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-wins-contract-extension-for-portsmouth-gaseous-diffusion-plant-clean-up-8657489

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Energy Northwest, Grant County Public Utility District and X-energy to form a partnership to support the development and commercial demonstration of the USA's first advanced nuclear reactor. The TRi Energy Partnership aims to construct a plant based on X-energy's Xe-100 reactor design at Energy Northwest's existing Columbia site in Washington.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Partnership-formed-for-advanced-reactor-deployment

Japanese engineering, procurement, and construction firm JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC HD) has agreed to invest USD40 million in small modular reactor developer NuScale Power. It will also partner with Fluor Corporation - NuScale's majority investor - on the deployment of NuScale power plants.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Japans-JGC-invests-in-NuScale-Power

Scientists at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in the USA have released a new design for a compact fusion reactor that can generate electricity and help define the technology necessary for commercial fusion power, General Atomics (GA) said on 29 March. The approach is based on the “Advanced Tokamak” concept pioneered by the DIII-D program, which enables a higher-performance, self-sustaining configuration that holds energy more efficiently than in typical pulsed configurations, allowing it to be built at a reduced scale and cost.

Date: Friday, 02 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgeneral-atomics-develops-compact-tokamak-concept-for-fusion-8644655

US President Joseph Biden yesterday announced a USD2 trillion jobs, infrastructure and clean energy plan to reshape the country's economy. Among the proposed investments to tackle climate change, the American Jobs Plan calls for funding for the development of advanced nuclear reactors and for a clean electricity standard to leverage and incentivise more efficient use of the USA's existing fleet of reactors.

Date: Friday, 02 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-investments-included-in-Bidens-American-Jo

Following the announcement earlier in March that US-based Lightbridge Corporation and France’s Framatome ghad agreed to terminate their Enfission joint venture, Lightbridge on 24 March announced their financial results for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2020 and provided an update on the company's progress.

Date: Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslightbridge-and-framatome-go-their-separate-ways-8633278

The US Department of Defense (DOD) said on 22 March that it had exercised contract options for two teams - led by BWXT Advanced Technologies and X-energy - to proceed with development of a final design for a transportable advanced nuclear microreactor prototype. The two teams were selected from a preliminary design competition, and will each continue development independently under a Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) initiative called Project Pele.

Date: Friday, 26 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-dod-awards-contracts-for-development-of-advanced-microreactor-8625806