Energy authority signs transatlantic agreement to advance fusion energy
The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) in the US have signed a new five-year agreement to advance commercial fusion energy.
The agreement establishes the terms for a series of projects between Massachusetts firm CFS and UKAEA, which will support the development of fusion energy and related technologies.
Both organisations have a “shared mission… to leverage innovative research and the speed of the private sector to support the fastest path to low-carbon commercial fusion energy – based on the same processes that power the Sun and stars,” a UKAEA announcement said.
Amongst other projects, the energy authority leads the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (Step) project, which aims to create a prototype power plant capable of generating net electricity from fusion.