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Nuclear Fusion: Between Technology and Investment Risk

Event organised by Hazards Forum

Date
07 June 2022
Time
18:00 - 20:00 BST (GMT+1)
Location
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
Westminster
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom
Add to Calendar 07-06-2022 17:00 07-06-2022 19:00 false GMT Nuclear Fusion: Between Technology and Investment Risk https://www.ice.org.uk/events/latest-events/nuclear-fusion-between-technology-and-investment-risk/ Institution of Civil Engineers , London

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Overview

Nuclear fusion is the way the stars produce energy. We have tried to reproduce nuclear fusion on earth since the fifties. Recently, many new projects in nuclear fusion are taking off, backed by public and private investment. Many of these projects are achieving early milestones and are seen in the press. At the same time, the UK government is working to develop a regulatory framework that considers possible risks to the health and safety of fusion while not discouraging research and development. For this event, the Hazards Forum will bring experts from different areas of risk management to provide a complete picture of the risks surrounding new fusion technical developments. Our three speakers will focus on:

  • Investment risk – how private equity assesses risk and probability of returns when considering whether to invest in the new energy sector.
  • Technology risks – why we think fusion plants will pose fewer hazards than fission plants and what other risks technology developers must consider.
  • Government perspective in trying to ensure risks are reduced to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP) while still creating a positive environment for research and development.

This is an in-person event and booking is required. If you are unable to attend you can instead watch this event online by registering here.

Map

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
Westminster
London
SW1P 3AA

Programme

17:30 - 18:00

Registration, tea, and coffee

18:00 - 20:00

Lectures and panel discussion commence

20:00

Lectures and panel discussion conclude

The event is followed by a networking drinks reception

Speakers

Ellie Campbell

Ellie Campbell

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

fusion policy advisor

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Ellie Campbell

Ellie Campbell is a fusion policy advisor at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.   Ellie works on domestic fusion policy, focussing on developing a regulatory framework for fusion.

The title of Ellie’s talk is ‘Summarising government work on developing a regulatory framework for fusion’. The presentation will summarise the Government’s proposals for a regulatory framework for fusion that were laid out in the Green Paper, Towards Fusion Energy (Oct 2021).

The Green Paper set out the proposed regulatory framework for fusion energy, based on the principle that any regulatory framework should serve to maintain safety, security and environmental protection in a way that is proportionate to the hazards involved.

Dr. Sally Forbes

Dr. Sally Forbes

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

fusion safety authority

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Dr. Sally Forbes

Sally has worked at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy for four years, and is the Fusion Safety Authority for UKAEA.  In this role, she leads a small team providing technical expertise in fusion safety, security & environment, supporting the development of the regulatory framework for future fusion power plant.  Prior to working in fusion, Sally had 20 year experience in the nuclear industry, including the development of safety cases and safety management processes.

Dr. Bethany Colling

Dr. Bethany Colling

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

technical support

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Dr. Bethany Colling

Bethany joined UKAEA in 2013, originally in neutronics, moving to regulatory development in 2021. She is a chartered engineer with over 10 years’ experience in fusion energy research, including a PhD from Lancaster University. Bethany is providing technical support to BEIS on fusion safety and regulation, and contributing to international and domestic collaborations and engagement activities in support of a proportionate regulatory framework for fusion power plants.

Dr Lavinia Raganelli

Dr Lavinia Raganelli

Corporate Risk Associates

risk and safety consultant

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Dr Lavinia Raganelli

Lavinia is a risk and safety consultant at Corporate Risk Associates, having joined the company full time in 2018. She also has a doctorate in probabilistic risk assessment from Imperial College London. Lavinia has been involved with the Hazards Forum for over 3 years and she is also the risk lead for the Women in Nuclear board of directors.

For more information please contact:

Elira Alushi