Sir David King joins nuclear fusion advisory board

First Light Fusion aims to unlock the way to ‘safe, clean and virtually limitless energy’

Nuclear fusion ‘could be on the grid in 15 years’

Scientists at MIT are working with new private company Commonwealth Fusion Systems to develop a working pilot plant

UK’s nuclear fusion receives £86m funding boost

The government has announced £86 million of funding for the country’s nuclear fusion programme. The investment will help fund the building and operation of the National Fusion Technology Platform at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Culham Science Centre. It will be made up of two facilities, which will develop technology for the first nuclear […]

Google in hot race for nuclear fusion technology

Google has entered the race for nuclear fusion technology with a US firm. The search engine giant and Tri Alpha Energy, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, have developed a new computer algorithm which has helped speed up experiments on plasmas – which are ultra-hot balls of gas. Nuclear fusion, which generates huge amounts of […]

UK’s new nuclear reactor turned on for the first time

The UK’s newest nuclear fusion reactor has turned on and generated plasma for the first time. The ‘ST40’ reactor aims to produce a record-breaking plasma temperature of 100 million degrees, seven times hotter than the centre of the Sun and the heat necessary for controlled fusion. It was developed by Tokamak Energy, one of the world’s […]

Nuclear fusion research receives £21m

An experimental nuclear fusion project in the UK is to receive £21 million in funding. The Mage Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) Upgrade test facility at the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire will use the money to upgrade its plasma exhaust systems. The funding, which will run up until 2022, comes jointly from research consortium EUROfusion and the UK’s Engineering […]

UK to host €10m nuclear fusion centre

A €10 million (£8.53m) nuclear fusion test centre will be hosted in the UK. The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has announced a collaboration with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project to host the facility at its Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) centre for the next five years. The UK Government is investing €5 […]

UK atomic energy authority seeks new head

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is seeking a new CEO to lead the nation’s ongoing development of future energy. With Professor Steve Cowley taking the position of President of Corpus Christi College in Oxford later this year, UKAEA is now inviting application for his position. The UKAEA manages Culham Centre Fusion Energy’s (CCFE) nuclear […]

Laser quest for fusion power

  At trendy east London haunt Ace Hotel, a crowd gathers to hear all about lasers – and why scientists searching for nuclear fusion say lasers’ “magic” properties are crucial in their hunt for the power of the sun. ELN speaks to Imperial College London’s Dr Arthur Turrell and Chris Hatherill at art-science collective super/collider.

We can have small nuclear fusion in decade claims Lockheed Martin

US engineers claim they are working on a compact nuclear fusion reactor (CFR) which can be readily used within a decade. If they succeed, the team at defence firm Lockheed Martin will blast apart assumptions of those who believe nuclear fusion is a pipe dream. In a video on the company site, a confident project […]