European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Pushes for Fuson Acceleration in Europe
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Pushes for Fuson Acceleration in Europe

On April 11, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder made a visit to the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, Germany. The two commended the work done at the Institute and emphasized the need for a European fusion alliance, public-private partnership programs, and a clear…

Senators Padilla, Cornyn, Booker, Young, Murray Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Accelerate Fusion Energy
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Senators Padilla, Cornyn, Booker, Young, Murray Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Accelerate Fusion Energy

On April 18, Senators Padilla, Cornyn, Booker, Young, and Murray introduced a bipartisan bill to accelerate fusion energy development. The legislation would codify the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s bipartisan decision last April to regulate fusion energy separate from nuclear fission. This Senate bill follows the passage of companion bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives….

FIA Supports Confirmation of Christopher Hanson for US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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FIA Supports Confirmation of Christopher Hanson for US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

On April 18, the FIA sent a letter to Chairman Carper and Ranking Member Capito of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to support the renomination of US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Christopher Hanson.

US and Japan Partner to “Accelerate Fusion Energy Demonstration and Commercialization”
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US and Japan Partner to “Accelerate Fusion Energy Demonstration and Commercialization”

On April 10, the United States and Japan announced a strategic partnership to accelerate fusion commercialization efforts. The bilateral agreement aims to advance and build off of fusion initiatives from both countries – the US’ Bold Decadal Vision for Commercial Fusion Energy and Strategy for International Partnerships in a New Era of Fusion Development and Japan’s Fusion Energy Innovation Strategy. Both countries have been advancing fusion initiatives within their strategies, and this partnership is a key collaborative step forward amid the global race to commercial fusion.

Japan Announcements Accelerate Fusion  Commercialization Efforts
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Japan Announcements Accelerate Fusion Commercialization Efforts

One year after Japan launched its “Fusion Energy Innovation Strategy” to accelerate development and commercialization efforts, the government continues to meet the moment. On March 22, with the Fusion Industry Association and the Institute for Education, Ambassador Shigeo Yamada hosted “Fusion, Breaking Through: The Technologies, Policies, & Partnerships Accelerating the Next Energy Revolution” at the Ambassador’s Residence at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. The Cabinet Office announced the launch of Japan’s Fusion Industry Council (J-Fusion) – a consortium of Japanese companies to accelerate fusion development in the country.

European High-Level Roundtable on Fusion Calls For Public & Private Sector Collaboration
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European High-Level Roundtable on Fusion Calls For Public & Private Sector Collaboration

On 14 March, the European Commission held the first “High-Level Roundtable on Fostering Innovation for Fusion energy in Europe’’, hosted by Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Iliana Ivanova, with participation from FIA CEO Andrew Holland and other key leaders in the fusion industry and public sector.