Nuclear fusion start-up to build first reactor at Culham site

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Nuclear fusion start-up, General Fusion, will build and operate its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)’s Culham Campus.

General Fusion will enter into a long-term lease with UKAEA following construction of a new facility at Culham to host the FDP.

The FDP will demonstrate General Fusion's proprietary Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) technology, paving the way for the company’s subsequent commercial pilot plant. General Fusion will benefit from the cluster of fusion supply chain activities in the UK, centred on UKAEA's globally recognised expertise and presence in the field.

The FDP at Culham is the culmination of more than a decade of advances in General Fusion’s technology, and represents a major milestone on the company's path to commercialisation.

The plant will verify that General Fusion's MTF technology can create fusion conditions in a practical and cost-effective manner at power plant relevant scales, as well as refine the economics of fusion energy production, leading to the subsequent design of a commercial fusion pilot plant. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2022, with operations beginning approximately three years later.

A look at General Fusion's planned Fusion Demonstration Plant at the UKAEA Culham Campus

General Fusion and UKAEA intend to collaborate on a range of fusion energy technologies for power plant design and operation.

“Coming to Culham gives us the opportunity to benefit from UKAEA’s expertise,” said Christofer Mowry, CEO, General Fusion. “By locating at this campus, General Fusion expands our market presence beyond North America into Europe, broadening our global network of government, institutional, and industrial partners. This is incredibly exciting news for not only General Fusion, but also the global effort to develop practical fusion energy.”

The Culham Campus, the home of the UK’s national fusion research programme, is owned and managed by UKAEA, widely recognised as a world leader in fusion energy development and innovation.

“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,” said Ian Chapman, CEO of UKAEA.

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