The UK government has outlined its plans for regulating the future rollout of fusion energy in a Fusion Green Paper published by the new science minister. The paper proposes that nuclear fusion would be governed through an “innovation-friendly” approach not the same as that used for mature civil nuclear technology. Nuclear fusion technology, which scientists often joke is “always 50 years away”, generates electricity from energy released as lighter nuclei fuse to form heavier nuclei. Vast temperatures and pressures are required to start nuclear fusion and maintain it for long enough to produce useful amounts of energy, meaning huge engineering challenges such as confinement must be overcome first.
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The UK government has today published a strategy setting out how it will leverage scientific, commercial and international leadership to enable the delivery of fusion energy. It has also launched a consultation seeking views on the regulatory framework for ensuring the safe and effective rollout of fusion energy.
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