UK Atomic Energy Authority launches new fusion energy collaboration

A new partnership between The University of Manchester and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) will accelerate the country’s progress toward Net Zero Carbon targets through the development of fusion energy.

Fusion is an attractive alternative energy source that can generate electricity without greenhouse gases. The prospect of fusion energy becoming integrated into the UK’s energy supply can offer secure, safe production for thousands of years to come.

Professor Francis Livens, Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute at The University of Manchester said: “This new collaboration in fusion complements and builds on our long term strength in nuclear research, will allow us to build important new research and training activities in Tritium Science & Technology and Digitalisation, and extend our exciting collaboration with UKAEA.”

Fusion energy is an area of national and international priority and has been explicitly identified in Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, and in the December 2020 Energy White Paper. Through UKAEA, the UK Government has already committed £220m over four years to develop the STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) concept with the aim of building a power station based on the STEP design by 2040.

This new agreement between The University of Manchester and UKAEA will see a significant addition to the University’s Dalton Nuclear Institute’s research activity, expanding what is already the UK’s largest and most connected academic provider of research and development. Two new research groups will now be established, with six new high-quality academic appointments.

Martin O’Brien, Head of University Liaison at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, said: “Many universities already work with us on a wide range of research topics. We are excited that The University of Manchester will now expand greatly its work with us in two key areas where progress is needed to deliver a fusion power station.”

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