University of Bath

I-SEE Seminar 'Fusion: Powering our Future'

Introducing the concept of nuclear fusion, explaining what it is, how it can become a viable base load power source for future electricity generation.

13 Nov 20184.30pm
to
13 Nov 20185.45pm
Free

This seminar will introduce the concept of nuclear fusion, explaining what it is, how it can become a viable base load power source for future electricity generation and why it is desperately needed. I will then look at the fusion experiments which have been developed to develop nuclear fusion, including two major machines at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Culham Science Centre - JET, the world record holding Joint European Torus and the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak, a unique UK compact fusion device.

Countries representing half the world’s population have come together to build a next step machine - ITER, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor at Caderache in the South of France. ITERwill produce 500MW fusion power, 10 times the power required to generate the fusion reactor and integrate the many complex technologies required in a future fusion power station. ITER’s first plasma is expected in 2025 and beyond ITER there are plans around the world to build the first demonstration power producing fusion reactors in the 2040s and 2050’s.

The seminar will conclude by looking at the “six big technology challenges” to realising fusion power and the exciting new developments at UKAEA Culham to solve these - with new facilities to address challenges from high heat flux components and advanced materials, to fusion fuels and robotics.

You are welcome to join us for prior discussions and afternoon tea in the Wessex Restaurant 16:00-16:25