2013 Trip to Culham Centre For Fusion Energy

On Thursday 24th Jan a group of Lower Sixth Students visited the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. The group had tours of the Joint European Torus (JET) and the Mega-Amp Spherical Tokomak . In addition they were given a lecture on the history of fusion energy research and the future implications of an energy resource which is both clean and abundant. The challenges involved in creating a stable plasma are vast and there is still a long way to go until the first nuclear fusion power station. The next milestone will be the completion of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) which is currently under construction in France; by 2020 they hope to have produced their first plasma.

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