Letter: Ian Chapman, chief executive, UK Atomic Energy Authority. Appleyard is right to point out the potential of nuclear fusion for lowering carbon emissions. Fusion power stations will use as fuel deuterium (from sea water) and lithium – both readily available – and will produce no greenhouse gas emissions. There are still big technical challenges to be overcome, but public and private investment are rapidly increasing: the UK government has just committed £220m to the designing of a fusion power plant. Fusion could have an important role as an always-on power source in a mix of zero-carbon energy sources.
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