Two sites in Scotland are preparing to bid to host the world’s first nuclear fusion power station, The Ferret can reveal. Dounreay in Caithness and Chapelcross in Dumfries and Galloway have expressed interest in the construction of a multi-billion-pound prototype reactor aimed at producing electricity from hydrogen. Previous nuclear plants are currently being decommissioned at both sites. But environmentalists say that nuclear fusion is “pie in the sky” and will result in radioactive waste. They argue it is a “distraction” from urgent efforts to try and cut climate pollution. Developers, however, brand nuclear fusion as “one of the world’s cleanest and lowest carbon forms of energy”. The Scottish Government says it needs to know more about the costs, safety and effectiveness of the technology. According to the 50-strong group of UK nuclear-free local authorities (NFLA), a fusion reactor would not benefit Scotland’s carbon reduction plans. “Scotland does not need any new nuclear in its energy mix and it has done much better without it,” said NFLA Scotland vice convenor and Renfrewshire SNP councillor, Audrey Doig. Scientists for Global Responsibility criticised the UK’s Government’s emphasis on “speculative” nuclear technologies. “Nuclear fusion will almost certainly make no contribution to reaching climate targets,” said the campaign group’s director, Dr Stuart Parkinson.
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A power station near Retford could be put forward as a destination for a brand new power plant. West Burton A power station is one of two sites that could potentially be nominated by Nottinghamshire County Council for the world’s first prototype fusion plant, the other being Ratcliffe-on-Soar, in the south of the county. A government project called STEP is the first stage in the UK’s bid to be the first country to commercialise fusion energy. Rather than the conventional nuclear power – nuclear fission, in which atoms are split – the new plant could be part of a new generation of nuclear power known as nuclear fusion, in which two or more atoms are combined.
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