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Announces Plans for Fusion Pilot Plant

Innovative concept leverages decades of expertise in

fusion research and development 

San Diego, Oct. 20 – General Atomics (GA) announced a new concept for a fusion pilot plant (FPP) to deliver clean, safe, and economically viable fusion energy.

 

GA’s FPP concept utilizes a steady-state, compact advanced tokamak design approach, where the fusion plasma is maintained for long periods of time to maximize efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and increase the lifetime of the facility. Learn more about the concept, please visit: www.ga.com/fusion-pilot-plant.

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Vancouver, BC Canada

Technology: Magnetized Target Fusion 

General Fusion announces the formation of a Market Development Advisory Committe (MDAC).

Members include electrical utilities, renewable energy providers and companies leading decarbonization of heavy industry

(Read Press Rease Here)

General Fusion and the UKAEA have agreed    to build a demo-plant in the UK. Expected        completion is late 2025. 

(Brief Read Here)

General Fusion, Bruce Power & The Canadain Nuclear Innovation Institute have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on accelerating delivery of clean fusion power in Canada.

(Brief Read Here)

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Cambridge, MA USA

Technology: Magnetic Confinement Fusion 

CFS & MIT's Plasma Science & Fusion Center prove that fusion power scaled High Temperature, Superconducting Magnets (HTS) can provide the 20-Tesla magnetic power to support commercial fusion.  (Press Release Here)

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CFS Led by Tiger Global Management achieved $1.8 Billion in Series-B funding to commercialize fusion energy. 

(Press Release Here)

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Foothill Ranch, CA USA

Technology: Linear (FRC) Field Reverse      Configuration using Boron-11 Fuel 

General Fusion Forges Ahead on its Unique Magnetized Target Fusion Technology with the Fabrication of an At-Scale Fusion Vessel Trial Ring

Construction of General Fusion’s demonstration machine, which is being built at the UK Atomic Energy Agency’s Culham Campus, advanced significantly with the fabrication of an at-scale fusion vessel trial ring by Sheffield Forgemasters.

This critical component will confirm the specifications of the thick-walled fusion vessel, designed to withstand the high temperatures and compressive forces needed to create fusion energy with General Fusion’s practical technology – Magnetized Targeted Fusion (MTF).

UKAEA Announces:
West Burton Selected as
Home of STEP Fusion Plant.

Government-backed programme aims to prove low carbon electricity from fusion

The UK Government has confirmed the West Burton power station site in North Nottinghamshire will be home to the ground-breaking STEP prototype fusion energy plant. 

The Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) plant will be designed and constructed to demonstrate the ability to put net electricity on the grid. It will also pave the way to enable future commercial fusion energy plants to be commissioned and constructed.

Full Article Here at UKAEA

TEA teams-up with Google A.I. applying software that can improve on its own, TAE Technologies has cut down tasks that once took two months to just a few hours.  

(Full BBC Article Here)

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Everett, WA USA

Technology: Plasma Accelerator Linear (FRC) Field Reverse Configuration

using He-3 Fuel 

Helion Energy Breaks Ground on Fusion Facility Helion’s fusion power plant will provide flexible, scalable, baseload power that is affordable, providing the world a new path to full decarbonization of electricity generation. (Full Businesswire Article Here)

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Milton Park, Oxfordshire UK

Fusion Development

Technology: Spherical Tokamak Magnetic Confinement Fusion

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Fusion Energy Regulation

"Putting it in Writing"

By Tony Gerillo, EIC Fusion Energy News International

As the only news outlet in attendance at the Fusion Industry Association’s 1st annual policy meeting, it turns out to be a responsibility not to be taken lightly.  Unpacking the day’s full agenda deserves a deep look into what the industry has achieved and what the next steps in regulation will be.

It is clear that fusion energy is inherently safe and that regulation will become a matter of getting the wording right so that society can move past the nomenclature of nuclear atomic energy having a negative impact on humans. Positive branding of fusion is difficult due to the negative history around nuclear fission, even though the only branding trait they share is in that “nuclear” appears in both names.                                                                       

Where will fusion reactor regulations come from?

Tokamak Energy moves closer to commercial fusion: 100M degree plasma a world record for a spherical tokamak 

Tokamak Energy has demonstrated a world-first with its privately-funded ST40 spherical tokamak, achieving a plasma temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius, the threshold required for commercial fusion energy.

This is by far the highest temperature ever achieved in a spherical tokamak and by any privately funded tokamak  (Brief Read Here)

Breakthrough in Efficient Powering of HTS Magnets Tokamak Energy has developed a novel power converter inside a vacuum cryostat. Successful tests demonstrated a 50% reduction in the heat load from the current leads. 

(Brief Read Here)

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Fusion Research:

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By CAROLINE DELBERT - Popular Mechanics

South Korea’s Fusion Reactor Sustained Temperatures 7 Times Hotter Than the Sun

The 14-year-old tokamak experiment is a building block for ITER, which will one day be the largest fusion reactor in the world.

The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research center (KSTAR) is an established tokamak that has been chipping away at its milestone goals since 2008. It’s also a key part of the developmental pipeline that is currently ramping up to the massive International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, or ITER. So yes, every milestone is doubly important in the global push toward nuclear fusion energy.

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US Senator Manchin visits ITER

"TODAY I SAW THE

POSSIBILITY OF WORLD PEACE"

Fusion Development 

By Laban Coblentz, ITER Head of Communication

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"We cannot 'eliminate our way' to net zero. We have to innovate, not eliminate our way to carbon neutrality." With this observation, United States Senator Joe Manchin set the stage for a candid, thoughtful conversation at the end of his extended tour of the ITER worksite

Research 

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Tokamak Energy moves closer to commercial fusion: 100M degree plasma a world record for a spherical tokamak

Great Work Tokamak Energy

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General Atomics Names Dr. Wayne Solomon as Vice President for

Magnetic Fusion Energy Division

Dr. Solomon joined GA in 2016 as Deputy Director for the DIII-D National Fusion Facility. Most recently, he held the role of Director of Science & Technology and Deputy Director for MFE, where he helped develop a long-range strategy for the Division and oversaw innovative science, research, and technology development programs within the Energy Group.

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Abingdon, Oxfordshire  UK

Technology: Spherical Tokamak Magnetic Confinement Fusion

STEP - Spherical Tokamak for energy production  (5) Five locations on the "shortlist" are in the final stages of evaluation as the STEP programme gets ready to choose the site for their first fusion energy power plant (Details at UK.gov Here) 

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Abingdon, Oxfordshire  UK

JET Facility, Culham  UK

Technology: Magnetic Confinement Fusion

JET - Joint Experimental Tokamak Sets Record for sustained fusion energy Eurofusion is the EU consortium the runs the JET experiment (at the UKAEA Culham Fusion Centre that is the prototype guiding the development of the ITER project.   

(Details at EUROfusion Here)

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LLNL, Livermore, CA  USA

Technology: Laser Inertial Confinement

A Fusion Reaction Has Generated More Energy Than Absorbed by The Fuel The National Ignition Facility put researchers at the threshold of fusion ignition, achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules

(Details at LLNL - NIF Here)

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