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  • Christina Back on Neal Larson radio show

    Christina A. Back, General Atomics’ Vice President, Nuclear Technologies and Materials Division, discusses the future of nuclear energy on the Neal Larson radio show.



    Audio recording of Christina Back on the Neal Larson radio show


  • Tomorrow’s power depends on today’s innovation

    In the search for carbon-free sources of energy to power the 21st century, more and more people are considering advanced nuclear reactors, and the potential they offer.

  • Small modular reactors are nuclear energy’s future

    As delays mount at large new nuclear power projects around the world, more attention is turning to smaller alternatives, which industry experts hope may help provide the next generation of electricity (PDF).

  • Central solenoid fabrication: a photo reportage from ITER Newsline

    Central solenoid fabrication: a photo reportage 

    Inside of a purpose-built facility at General Atomics in California (US), ten customized workstations for central solenoid production—from winding through to final testing—have been built and are undergoing commissioning with a dummy coil. Winding was completed in April on the first 14-layer module. 

    The ITER central solenoid is the giant electromagnet at the centre of the ITER machine that will generate most of the magnetic flux charge of the plasma, initiating the initial plasma current and contributing to its maintenance. Six individual coil modules will be stacked vertically within a "cage" of supporting structures. General Atomics will also produce a seventh module as a spare. 

    As part of its in-kind contributions to ITER, the US is responsible for 100 percent of the central solenoid magnet, including design, R&D, module fabrication from conductor supplied by Japan, associated structure, assembly tooling, bus extensions, and cooling connections. 

    In the photo gallery below, follow the mock coil through the manufacturing workstations, and view the latest pictures of module 1 winding and magnet structure fabrication. 

    All photos courtesy of General Atomics unless otherwise indicated.

    Click here to view the photos

  • Focus: For General Atomics, Smaller Nuclear Plants are Beautiful

    The scientists and engineers at General Atomics think the future of nuclear energy is coming on the back of a flatbed truck…

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