A £22m fusion energy research centre in Rotherham has reached a major milestone with the completion of the exterior of the building. The Fusion Technology Facility will start to be fitted out from September, with operations planned to start in summer 2021. The new base, which will be next to the McLaren factory on Whittle Way, on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, will employ 40. It is owned by the UK Atomic Energy Authority and will help commercialise nuclear fusion as a major source of low-carbon electricity.
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The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a €20bn nuclear fusion project in France, has begun its five-year assembly phase. The start of the assembly phase was marked with a virtual ceremony hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. Dignitaries from the UK, China, India, Japan, Russia and the US also attended representing the non-EU ITER countries. Korean President Moon Jae-In attended in person. The ITER project started development in August 2010 on a 42ha-wide site in Southern France. The reactor will fuse hydrogen isotopes into helium, imitating a reaction that creates power in the sun. The project aims to demonstrate the processes for generating clean fusion power at commercial scale. It will also act as a study for future prototype generators. The generator, known as a tokamak, will create its first plasma after the completion of the assembly phase in 2025.
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Assembly of world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor begins in France. A total of 35 nations are currently collaborating to build tokamak, a magnetic fusion device, which aims to demonstrate the real potential of fusion as a large scale carbon-free source of energy
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