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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a strategy aimed at accelerating the viability of commercial fusion energy in partnership with the private sector. The department also announced USD180 million to support fusion research at an event in Washington, DC.

Date: Saturday, 08 June 2024
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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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US-based Longview Fusion Energy Systems has contracted Fluor to design “the world's first commercial laser fusion power plant. This is based on breakthroughs in fusion energy gain at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL’s) National Ignition Facility (NIF). Longview is the only fusion energy company using this approach.

Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2024
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California-based Longview Fusion Energy Systems has contracted US engineering and construction firm Fluor Corporation to design the world's first commercial laser fusion power plant.

Date: Tuesday, 12 March 2024
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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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Tractebel and First Light Fusion have signed a framework agreement to provide specialist engineering expertise for the development of First Light’s Machine 4 (M4) in Oxford, UK.

Date: Friday, 11 August 2023
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Researchers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California have reportedly achieved net energy gain in a fusion reaction for the second time. The milestone was first achieved last December.

Date: Wednesday, 09 August 2023
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First Light Fusion is working with Spanish engineering firm IDOM UK Nuclear Services on a reactor chamber design that includes options for medical isotope manufacture. The company says this can be achieved with no compromise to electricity production.

Date: Friday, 04 August 2023
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