Sites selected for the world’s first fusion power plant
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British sites shortlisted for the world’s first prototype fusion power plant.
Fusion energy could potentially change the world. This could help keep carbon emissions low in the future. The new factory will bring thousands of jobs and boost industry in the UK.
The final location of the factories will be decided at the end of 2022 by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Five sites have been shortlisted for the future headquarters of the UK’s prototype fusion power plant – the spherical tokamak for power generation, or “STEP”.
The pre-selected sites are:
Ardeer (North Ayrshire)
Goole (East Riding of Yorkshire)
Edge of the moor (Cumbria)
Edge of Severn (South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire)
According to the government: “STEP is a government-backed program to build a prototype fusion power plant in the UK. The STEP plant aims to generate clean electricity as well as demonstrate how the plant will be maintained and how it will produce its own fuel.
“STEP will create thousands of highly skilled jobs during construction and operation and attract other high-tech industries to its host region, promoting the development of scientific and technological capacity at local and national levels.”
George Freeman, Minister of Science, Research and Innovation said: “Fusion energy has the potential to be a truly revolutionary and inexhaustible source of energy that can help us reduce our dependence on fuels. unreliable fossils and to fight against climate change.
“By laying the groundwork for unleashing the power of fusion energy, including the location of the UK’s first prototype fusion power plant, we are positioning the UK as a world leader in this energy source. safe and durable.
UKAEA STEP Program Director Paul Methven commented on the prequalification and said: “The prequalification of sites is an important step for the program as it helps bring this difficult and long term endeavor to life here and now. . It also increases our focus as we continue to design and deliver what we hope will be the world’s first prototype fusion power plant.
“During the next assessment phase, we look forward to working with the shortlisted sites and local communities to gain a more in-depth understanding of the socio-economic, business and technical conditions associated with each site, before making our final recommendations. to the Secretary of State in 2022.
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