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Nuclear Fusion: Building a Tokamak

Event organised by ICE

22 July 2020

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Nuclear Fusion is the process which powers the sun, but can we harness it on earth? Magnetically confined fusion has been under experimental development since the 1960s, with improvements happening faster than Moore's Law for computer chips. In this lecture, the foremost design of fusion reactor – the Tokamak - will be explained and features of the two fusion reactors located just south of Oxford in Culham - the UK-owned MAST and the European-owned JET will be explored, along with their input to the next large fusion device being built in Cadarache, France: ITER.

Fusion, the nuclear reaction that powers the Sun and the stars, is a potential source of safe, non-carbon emitting and virtually limitless energy. Harnessing fusion's power is the goal of ITER, which has been designed as the key experimental step between today's fusion research machines and tomorrow's fusion power plants.

Supported by

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Improving the world through engineering

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Institution of Engineering and Technology

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary professional engineering institution.

Energy Institute

Energy Institute

Creating a better energy future for our members and society by accelerating a just global energy transition to net zero.

For more information please contact:

Felicity White