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Five bids shortlisted to host STEP fusion plant

Five bids shortlisted to host STEP fusion plant

Five sites - one in Scotland and four in England - have been shortlisted to host the UK's prototype fusion energy plant - the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production. The site of the demonstration plant, due to begin operating by 2040, is expected to be announced at the end of next year.

New Nuclear 14 October 2021


UK government sets out fusion ambitions

UK government sets out fusion ambitions

The UK government has today published a strategy setting out how it will leverage scientific, commercial and international leadership to enable the delivery of fusion energy. It has also launched a consultation seeking views on the regulatory framework for ensuring the safe and effective rollout of fusion energy.

New Nuclear 01 October 2021


UKAEA opens new fusion research centre

UKAEA opens new fusion research centre

The UK Atomic Energy Authority has opened its new nuclear Fusion Technology Facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The facility will develop and test materials and components in the simulated conditions of a fusion power plant.

New Nuclear 28 September 2021


Tokamak Energy develops new magnet protection technology

Tokamak Energy develops new magnet protection technology

Tokamak Energy of the UK announced it has demonstrated a transformative magnet protection technology that improves the commercial viability of fusion power plants, delivering higher performance than alternative magnet systems. It said results from the latest tests validate a revolutionary approach to scaling up high-temperature superconducting magnets, which are highly resilient to plasma disruptions.

New Nuclear 24 September 2021


Laser fusion approaches the milestone of ignition

Laser fusion approaches the milestone of ignition

The USA's National Ignition Facility has achieved a record fusion yield that it says puts it "at the threshold of fusion ignition". The record laser shot produced 25 times more than the facility's next best experiment.

New Nuclear 18 August 2021


Helion prepares to build seventh fusion prototype

Helion prepares to build seventh fusion prototype

Fusion energy developer Helion Energy has broken ground on a new facility in Everett, Washington, which will house its seventh generation fusion prototype, known as Polaris. Construction of the facility, which will also produce helium-3 fuel, is expected to be completed in early-2022. Meanwhile, General Fusion and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories are to collaborate on the development of tritium extraction techniques for use in commercial fusion power plants.

New Nuclear 29 July 2021


Helion passes 100 million degrees Celsius

Helion passes 100 million degrees Celsius

Fusion energy developer Helion Energy said yesterday it has become the first private company to announce exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius in its sixth fusion generator prototype, Trenta. It also announced its Trenta prototype recently finished a 16-month testing campaign, completing almost 10,000 high-power pulses.

New Nuclear 23 June 2021


Fusion demonstration plant to be built in UK

Fusion demonstration plant to be built in UK

Canadian company General Fusion is to build and operate a plant to demonstrate its nuclear fusion technology at UKAEA's Culham Campus near Oxford in the UK. The Fusion Demonstration Plant will pave the way for a commercial pilot plant using Magnetised Target Fusion technology and is expected to begin operations in 2025.

New Nuclear 17 June 2021


TVEL passes niobium-tin superconductor tests

TVEL passes niobium-tin superconductor tests

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research has completed the acceptance testing of Russian-made niobium-tin superconductors made as part of the Future Circular Collider CERN Conductor Development Programme. TVEL, the nuclear fuel manufacturer subsidiary of Russia's Rosatom, said the high performance of the wire fully complies with the CERN specification.

Regulation & Safety 16 June 2021


Toshiba completes initial toroidal field coil for ITER

Toshiba completes initial toroidal field coil for ITER

Japan's Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation announced today it has completed the manufacture of the first of four toroidal field coils it is supplying to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project. Nine of ITER's 18 toroidal field coils, plus a spare, are being fabricated in Europe with the other nine being made in Japan. Gigantic superconducting magnets, they will generate the magnetic cage to contain the ITER fusion reactor's plasma.

New Nuclear 08 June 2021