North business leader Trudy Morris has welcomed the possibility of Dounreay hosting the world’s first nuclear fusion power station, saying it would represent “a major investment in the region’s economy”. While acknowledging that the idea is at a very early stage, she said it would continue the area’s tradition of nuclear research and put Caithness at the forefront of developing “one of the cleanest forms of energy”. Ms Morris, the chief executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, was speaking after it emerged that Dounreay is one of two sites in Scotland preparing applications to construct a multi-billion-pound prototype reactor offering a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun. It would be known as STEP, the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production. The application is being taken forward by Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership and is set to be considered by Highland councillors on March 25. The other Scottish location expressing interest in the project is Chapelcross in Dumfries and Galloway, also in the process of decommissioning.
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Two Nottinghamshire sites in the running for world’s first nuclear fusion power plant. Plans for a site near Retford to house the first power generator in the world to use a method called “nuclear fusion”, will be discussed by Bassetlaw councillors today. The technology, which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity, uses processes which power the Sun – and while the science is out of this world, the benefits for the environment and the economy could be massive – according to those behind it. Councillors say the potential benefits could help level up the North by delivering power to homes and jobs to the north.
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Nottinghamshire County Council has identified a second site for a potential nuclear fusion plant as part of a national drive to find a home for the UK’s future nuclear power base. Talks are taking place over placing a second site at West Burton, close to the existing coal-fired power plant, into the running to be selected from applicants from all over the UK.
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