UK nuclear fusion firms make progress towards providing clean power. Two UK companies leading efforts to reproduce the way the sun makes energy are both on the way to hitting significant milestones in their attempts to commercialise nuclear fusion by the 2030s. On 25 March, Oxfordshire-based Tokamak Energy made its first plasma, the state hydrogen reaches when heated to very high temperatures, after a £25 million upgrade to its tokamak, the machines used to create fusion reactions. Meanwhile, rival firm First Light Fusion, also in Oxfordshire, has entered the final days of assembling a new 22-metre-long “gun”.
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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) DIII-D National Fusion Facility have released a new concept for a compact fusion reactor design they say can help define the technology necessary for commercial fusion power. The Compact Advanced Tokamak (CAT) concept enables a higher-performance, self-sustaining configuration that holds energy more efficiently, allowing it to be built at a reduced scale and cost.
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