Treasury Minister visit highlights MAST-U second round of fusion energy experiments

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, James Cartlidge discusses MAST-U with UKAEA’s CEO Ian Champan Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak Upgrade (MAST-U) machine tackles further technical challenges for long-term viability of future fusion powerplants Experiments test the integration of a high-performance core plasma with strong dissipation in the Super-X divertor configuration Exchequer Secretary James Cartlidge hails power … Read more

Fusion robots at work in the UK space industry

Advanced robotics and remote handling technologies from fusion successfully trialled for complex operations in the space industry. Culham and Harwell, Oxfordshire – UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the Satellite Applications Catapult have partnered to demonstrate how advanced remote handling and robotics technology developed for fusion energy research can be used to provide maintenance for … Read more

Star Makers film brings fusion energy to Didcot

  ***Cornerstone Arts Centre, free documentary screenings and Q&A, 4pm & 6.30pm, Tues 29 November *** Oxfordshire residents are invited to watch a film and meet the cast of record-breaking fusion energy scientists and engineers aiming to recreate a star here on Earth. Star Makers – The Energy of Tomorrow, is a behind-the-scenes documentary filmed … Read more

Tony Blair backs fusion for energy security and climate change

Former prime minister, Sir Tony Blair, underlined his continued support for fusion energy and its role in addressing energy security and climate change for generations to come. During a recent visit to UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in Oxfordshire, Sir Tony was briefed by fusion leaders on the progress of STEP – the UK’s prototype … Read more

Upgraded Materials Research Facility empowers fusion research

L-R: Amanda Quadling and Antonia Jenkinson at UKAEA’s Materials Research Facility The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has completed a £10m extension of its world-leading Materials Research Facility (MRF) at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire. Specialist materials that can withstand extreme conditions are a critical part of delivering fusion energy as a safe, sustainable, low … Read more

Tokamak Energy and UKAEA to collaborate on developing Spherical Tokamak technology for commercial fusion energy

Tokamak Energy and UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) have signed a framework agreement to enable closer collaboration on developing spherical tokamaks as a route to commercial fusion energy. The five-year agreement will take the form of joint technology development, shared utilisation of equipment and facilities and associated secondment of staff between the two organisations. The … Read more

Discover robots of the future and fusion

***Free public talk, 7 September, Examinations School, Oxford*** A robotics expert will bring to life a fascinating future where intuitive machines are deployed to go where humans can’t in a free public talk in central Oxford next month. “Essential robotics: a guide to our shared future” will be presented by Professor Rob Buckingham OBE, who … Read more

New building to drive innovation at thriving Culham Science Centre

A fresh wave of innovative companies will be moving into Culham Science Centre after the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) signed a new agreement to build an 8,000 square metre research and development building. A 35-year income strip forward funding agreement with Legal & General was agreed this month, with the £40 million building comprising … Read more

Robotic snake solves fusion energy pipework challenge

A new laser-welding ‘robotic snake’ developed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority has demonstrated its capability to operate inside of fusion energy powerplant pipework and is now patented technology. The novel trials at Culham Science Centre are another step forward on the roadmap to delivering safe, sustainable, low carbon fusion energy to the grid. The … Read more