Two UK firms have been selected to be part of a €100 million (£89m) deal to support the development of an EU fusion energy project.
Nuclear engineering firm Nuvia Limited and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy will contribute to the development of ITER, a technology which is expected to be the first fusion device to produce net energy.
It will also be the first product of its kind to maintain fusion for long periods of time and to test the integrated technologies, materials and physics regimes necessary for the commercial production of fusion-based electricity.
The two British firms will develop high-tech remote handling systems which will run for seven years and support the maintenance and repair of the ITER fusion experiment.
It is part of Fusion for Energy (F4E), which is the EU’s organisation for Europe’s contribution to ITER.
Companies such as Airbus Safran Launchers from France, Instituto Superior Tecnico from Portugal and AVT Europe NV in Belgium are part of it.
The group will also deliver remotely operated systems for the transportation and confinement of components located in the ITER machine.