Chancellor shown transformative energy technology at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, visited the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA’s) Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) in Oxfordshire last month.
Based at Culham Science Centre, CCFE is home to the country’s fusion research programme, centred on the MAST (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak) experiment. It is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and European Union under Euratom.
CCFE also operates JET, the Joint European Torus, on behalf of fusion researchers around Europe – which employs over 500 people and welcomes around 350 European scientists each year.
Seeing the ground-breaking research take place first-hand, the Chancellor was shown the MAST Upgrade fusion experiment. This is a device that will explore a more efficient route to fusion power stations and confront the challenge of heat exhaust from future reactors. UKAEA’s vision for fusion electricity, as part of the UK’s Industrial and Clean Growth Strategy, was also presented to the Chancellor, alongside the cutting-edge robotic work of UKAEA’s Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) centre.
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