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Fusion demonstration plant to be built in UK

Fusion demonstration plant to be built in UK

Canadian company General Fusion is to build and operate a plant to demonstrate its nuclear fusion technology at UKAEA's Culham Campus near Oxford in the UK. The Fusion Demonstration Plant will pave the way for a commercial pilot plant using Magnetised Target Fusion technology and is expected to begin operations in 2025.

New Nuclear 17 June 2021


Dalton Institute outlines eight actions for net zero

Dalton Institute outlines eight actions for net zero

Nuclear experts at The University of Manchester have identified the eight actions required to assess objectively the role of nuclear in the UK's net-zero future. Their position paper Nuclear energy for net zero: a strategy for action determines what policymakers and industry need to explore in order to take an informed decision based on a 'best economics' basis. This includes the development of advisory bodies, non-partisan modelling of the economic path, and the optimisation of R&D programmes.

Energy & Environment 15 June 2021


G7 highlights technology-driven clean energy transition

G7 highlights technology-driven clean energy transition

The Group of Seven countries will lead a technology-driven transition to net zero, according to a joint statement at the end of their three-day summit in Cornwall, England. The G7 is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA. As host of the first in-person G7 Summit in almost two years, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the other leaders "to seize the opportunity to fight and build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous".

Energy & Environment 14 June 2021


Viewpoint: UK needs 'sober analysis' of pathways to net zero

Viewpoint: UK needs 'sober analysis' of pathways to net zero

The possible roles of advanced nuclear energy in meeting the UK’s legally binding net zero by 2050 target are not well understood and need to be clarified urgently, write Francis Livens, Gregg Butler, Juan Matthews and William Bodel of The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute.

Perspectives 15 June 2021


UK's National Nuclear Laboratory homes in on net-zero

UK's National Nuclear Laboratory homes in on net-zero

NNL, the UK’s national laboratory for nuclear fission, has today launched its new Strategic Plan: This is NNL. With legally binding targets in the UK to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and more than 120 other countries moving towards the same goal, it is "impossible to overestimate the scale of the challenge ahead", NNL said.

Energy & Environment 08 June 2021


EDF Energy permanently closes UK's Dungeness B

EDF Energy permanently closes UK's Dungeness B

EDF has decided not to restart the Dungeness B nuclear power plant and instead move it into the defuelling phase with immediate effect. Since September 2018, the plant has been in an extended outage in which EDF has been managing a range of "unique, significant and ongoing" technical challenges that it says are not found at the UK's other six advanced gas-cooled reactor power plants. Although many of these challenges have been overcome, the French-owned company said, new detailed analysis has further highlighted additional station-specific risks within some key components, including parts within the fuel assemblies.

Corporate 08 June 2021


Norwegian research reactor fuel to be recycled in UK

Norwegian research reactor fuel to be recycled in UK

Norway's Institute for Energy Technology has signed a contract with Westinghouse subsidiary Springfields Fuels Limited for the transfer of 3 tonnes of un-irradiated research reactor fuel to the UK for processing into new fuel for use in commercial nuclear power plants. The uranium fuel would otherwise have been treated as waste, stored and disposed of in Norway.

Waste & Recycling 28 May 2021


Positive results from UK plasma exhaust research

Positive results from UK plasma exhaust research

Initial results from the UK Atomic Energy Authority's new MAST Upgrade experiment at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, England, have demonstrated the effectiveness of an innovative exhaust system designed to make compact fusion power plants commercially viable. The new exhaust system - called the Super-X divertor - is designed to channel plasma out of the machine at temperatures low enough for its materials to withstand - meaning that components can last much longer.

New Nuclear 27 May 2021


UK energy secretary stresses nuclear's role in decarbonisation

UK energy secretary stresses nuclear's role in decarbonisation

Kwasi Kwarteng, British secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, highlighted the role of nuclear power in a statement to the House of Commons this week to mark six months since the publication of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 10-point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. During the subsequent debate, Members of Parliament quizzed Kwarteng on the government's commitment to nuclear new build.

Nuclear Policies 21 May 2021


UK clean energy groups urge grid decarbonisation by 2035

UK clean energy groups urge grid decarbonisation by 2035

The Nuclear Industry Association, RenewableUK and Solar Energy UK - representing Britain’s three leading zero-carbon power generators - today called for urgent action to build new wind, nuclear and solar capacity and for a binding target of 100% grid decarbonisation by 2035. In a joint statement, they wrote that, with just six months to go until the UK co-hosts the COP26 summit, Britain’s grid is "dirtier now than it was a year ago", with heavy reliance on fossil fuels.

Energy & Environment 20 May 2021