Green light for nuclear fusion

Green light for nuclear fusion demonstration plant.

South Oxfordshire District Council Planning Committee approves fusion energy project; construction to start this year at UKAEA’s Culham Campus. The fusion demonstration will be built to a 70 per cent scale of a commercial power plant at UKAEA’s Culham Campus. The fusion machine is expected to be commissioned in 2026 and fully operational by early 2027.

Following the resolution to grant planning permission by the South Oxfordshire District Council Planning Committee, construction of General Fusion’s demonstration at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Culham Campus is expected to start this summer.

Siting the facility at the UKAEA’s Culham Campus, part of the thriving UK Fusion Cluster enables General Fusion to access world-leading science and engineering capabilities, such as knowledge and experience in designing, constructing and operating the record-breaking Joint European Torus. In addition, the company will benefit from the UK’s existing fusion energy supply chains.

The building was designed by architects AL_A, led by Stirling Prize winner Amanda Levete and Ove Arup Engineers, and has been developed to exemplary design and sustainability standards.

The design of the fusion demonstration facility is intended to enhance the surrounding biodiversity. The building will achieve BREEAM’s excellent accreditation through a mix of strategies, including reusing waste heat, natural ventilation to minimise cooling loads, a large green roof, and extensive photovoltaics.