The announcement by the Government that Bradwell is on the long list of fifteen possible sites for the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant has come out of the blue. Chair of the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) Professor Andy Blowers, described the idea to develop fusion (essentially the process that goes on inside the sun and in hydrogen bombs) to produce electricity as ‘yet another nuclear fantasy, like the philosopher’s stone full of golden promise but impossible to realise. Bradwell is not a soft touch for such speculative and dangerous experimentation’.The Government has committed £400M to the fusion programme and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) put out a call for sites to host STEP (the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production), the prototype fusion plant. The fifteen sites include the usual suspects – Sellafield, North Wales, Dounreay – together with other nuclear sites, former coal-fired power station sites and, at the end of the list, Bradwell nominated by Belport Ltd., an entrepreneurial property and asset management company.
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Engineering specialist Sheffield Forgemasters will begin exploring how to manufacture a vital part of a new facility to demonstrate nuclear fusion technology. The General Fusion project is an important step to bringing the benefits of zero-carbon fusion energy to the world. The Fusion Demonstration Plant will showcase General Fusion’s Magnetized Target Fusion nuclear power technology at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Campus, which is a leading hub of fusion research. Sheffield Forgemasters is using its extensive experience and manufacturing capabilities in nuclear power to develop a specification and method of manufacture for the interior vessel of the plant – a forged, thick-walled pressure vessel body.
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