Five UK sites have been shortlisted for a stellar fusion plant, putting Brexit Britain on the verge of a major victory.
With five prospective sites picked for what could be the world’s first functional nuclear fusion reactor, BREXIT BRITAIN has received a big boost in harnessing the power of the Sun.
By supplying nearly endless energy without damaging the environment, a fully operational fusion reactor promises to bring in a green revolution. Fusion reactors work by fusing lighter atoms into heavier elements and generating massive amounts of energy in the process, much like the Sun. But there’s a catch: scientists have yet to figure out how to keep the process going without using more energy than the reactors create.
Many people are optimistic that the UK’s proposed prototype fusion reactor will be the first to achieve the goal.
Five sites have been chosen for the enormous endeavor in order to achieve this goal.
These include Cumbria’s Moorside, Gloucestershire’s Severn Edge, North Ayrshire’s Ardeer, Nottinghamshire’s Ratcliffe-on-Sonar, and Yorkshire’s Goole.
The experimental Joint European Torus, or JET, near Oxfordshire, is already home to the world’s largest and most advanced fusion reactor.
JET was the first device to perform controlled deuterium and tritium fusion.
However, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France, which is being developed as a proof-of-concept for large-scale, carbon-free fusion power, is expected to outperform the reactor.
The final decision on the UK’s new prototype reactor is expected in 2022, with a target start-up date of 2040.
In 2019, the government announced plans to invest £200 million in nuclear fusion, with the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production being one of the projects (STEP).
STEP will not only demonstrate how fusion plants are maintained and sustained, but it will also create net electricity.
Thousands of high-skilled jobs are expected to be created throughout development and operation, according to the government.
After nominations closed in March, the UK Atomic Energy Authority produced a list of probable sites for the project earlier this year.
Dounreay, Bradwell, Milford Haven, and West Burton were among the 15 sites proposed.
Minister for Science, Research, and Innovation, George Freeman, said: “Fusion energy has the potential to be a genuinely innovative and inexhaustible energy source, reducing our reliance on unreliable fossil fuels while also addressing climate change.
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