Prime Minister Rishi Sunak choose Culham campus to announce the Government’s new green energy measures

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak chose UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham campus as the location to announce the Government’s new multi-billion-pound green energy measures today. The PM was joined at Culham by Secretary of State for Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, Grant Shapps, to unveil ‘Powering Up Britain’, the UK’s new energy security plan. … Read more

Tokamak Energy’s new advanced fusion prototype to be built at UKAEA’s Culham Campus

              A new fusion energy advanced prototype with power plant-relevant magnet technology will be built by Tokamak Energy at United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Culham Campus, near Oxford.     Tokamak Energy’s compact spherical tokamak, ST80-HTS, will demonstrate multiple technologies required for the delivery of clean, sustainable fusion energy. … Read more

First Light Fusion to build demonstration facility at UKAEA’s Culham Campus

Machine 4 Design   UKAEA and First Light Fusion to construct a new facility to house First Light’s new net energy gain demonstrator (“Machine 4”) in Oxford, UK  The agreement will see both parties developing the building at Culham Campus  Architects and technical designers have been appointed, construction expected to begin in 2024  Machine 4’s … Read more

Professor Sir Ian Chapman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has been made Knight Bachelor for his services to global fusion energy

Professor Sir Ian Chapman   The full New Year Honours list for 2023 recognises achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom. Fusion energy offers the potential of an abundant, inherently safe low-carbon electricity supply. It involves fusing hydrogen particles in a hot gas known as a ‘plasma’ to unlock large amounts of … Read more

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