General Fusion set to build its Fusion Demonstration Plant in Oxfordshire
UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and Canadian company General Fusion (GF), have announced an agreement under which General Fusion will build and operate its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) at UKAEA’s Culham Campus, Oxfordshire.
The FDP will demonstrate GF’s proprietary Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) technology, paving the way for the company’s subsequent commercial pilot plant. Construction is set to begin in 2022, with GF benefitting from the cluster of fusion supply chain activities in the UK, centred on UKAEA’s globally recognised expertise and presence in the field.
The announcement was made by Amanda Solloway MP, UK Government’s Science Minister, who said,
“This new plant by General Fusion is a huge boost for our plans to develop a fusion industry in the UK, and I’m thrilled that Culham will be home to such a cutting-edge and potentially transformative project”.
Paul Britton, CEO at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce commented, “It’s great that the hottest place on the planet and home of some of the world’s coolest science will be adding the FDP. Fusion energy has great potential to help deliver a low-carbon energy and drive our economic future. The announcement is a clear vote of confidence in the Thames Valley region and the UK’s status as a global science superpower.”
Ian Chapman, CEO of UKAEA, said,
“This is a great development for UKAEA, very much in line with our mission to lead the development of sustainable fusion energy, and builds on our long heritage of hosting major fusion facilities such as the Joint European Torus.”
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