Somerset could have a nuclear fusion reactor in long-term plans for Hinkley Point site
The UK government wants fusion energy to be a viable option by the 2040s. Somerset could end up with a nuclear fusion reactor under one long-term proposal for the Hinkley Point site. The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has been asking UK local authorities to put forward expressions of interest in hosting a “fusion demonstrator plant” as part of a drive towards making fusion a viable option for energy generation. Somerset County Council has thrown its name into the mix, believing that part of the Hinkley Point complex could host such a demonstrator in the years to come. The council has said such a plant would “contribute significantly” to the local area, building on the investment currently being poured into Hinkley Point C.
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A fusion demonstrator plant would require at least 100 hectares of suitable land – which the county council believes could be secured either after the construction of Hinkley Point C or once the decommissioning work surrounding Hinkley Point A and B are completed. The government has not confirmed when the successful bidder will be announced.
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