There is “overwhelming support” for the idea of the world’s first nuclear fusion power station coming to Caithness, according to the chairman of Dounreay Stakeholder Group. Highland councillor Struan Mackie says the community already has a unique relationship with the industry he believes a compelling case can be made for Dounreay to host the pioneering development. He highlighted the area’s “world-class workforce” and the strength of the supply chain as key factors. 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.
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Former nuclear energy sites and new build locations in Berkley and Oldbury in Gloucestershire could soon host what is claimed to be the world’s first fusion power plant. Fusion technology uses the same principles that power the sun, fusing hydrogen isotopes to make helium and limitless ‘carbon-neutral’ energy. Cabinet members of Gloucestershire County Council will be asked next week to endorse a bid to nominate the location to home the new project.
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