A ‘BIG Gun’ created to pave the way for the clean nuclear energy of the future has fired its first shot thanks to a Government minister. Amanda Solloway MP, UK science minister and parliamentary under-secretary of state for science, research and innovation, visited Oxford yesterday (June 17) to fire the first shot of the ‘Big Gun’ created by energy research company First Light Fusion. The Big Gun is part of First Light’s maiden fusion campaign. At 22 metres long and weighing 25,000 kg, it is the largest hyper-velocity gas gun in the UK.
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General Fusion – the Canadian-based atomic outfit backed by Jeff Bezos and a battalion of other major investors – is to build a test facility in Oxfordshire to showcase its power-generating technology. Following a COVID-friendly handshake, the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has given General Fusion the green light to proceed with its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) at UKAEA’s Centre for Fusion Energy Campus in Culham. The campus – a Royal Navy airbase until it was handed to the UKAEA in 1960 – is home to a cluster of fusion development technologies. The building of the new plant is expected to start in the second half of next year and should be up and running in 2025.
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The chairman of Dounreay Stakeholder Group has said a “comprehensive and compelling” case can be made for Caithness to host the world’s first nuclear fusion power station. Highland councillor Struan Mackie reiterated his view that there is “overwhelming” public support for the industry in the area and he urged public sector bodies to get fully behind the idea. A bid to host the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) prototype fusion power plant was submitted in March by Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP).
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