Following a favorable COVID handshake, the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has given General Fusion the green light to proceed with its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) at the Center of the UKAEA for the Culham Fusion Energy Campus.
The campus – a Royal Navy air base until it was handed over to the UKAEA in 1960 – is home to a fusion development technology group.
Construction of the new plant is expected to start in the second half of next year and is expected to be operational in 2025.
According to the announcement, the FDP will feature General Fusion’s proprietary Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) technology. If successful, it could lead to the creation of a commercial pilot plant.
Writing in the company’s blog, Christofer Mowry, Managing Director of General Fusion, explained: “At 70% of full scale, it will be powerful enough to heat hydrogen plasma fuel to melting temperatures of 150 million degrees. .
“Using our Pulsed Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) technology, the FDP is designed to refine technical performance metrics that will become the measure of our technology’s ability to generate energy economically, to operate sustainably as a power plant and easily keep up with fluctuating demands for electricity on power grids.
According to General Fusion, just 1 kg of fusion fuel can power 10,000 homes for a year.
Earlier this month, TerraPower – the nuclear company founded by Bill Gates – and PacifiCorp, owned by Warren Buffett, revealed that they were teaming up to build a Natrium reactor at a decommissioned coal-fired power plant in Wyoming, United States. -United.
The project revolves around a 345 MW sodium-cooled fast reactor with an energy storage system based on molten salts.
According to boffins, the storage technology can boost the power of the system to 500 MW for more than five and a half hours when needed, which is equivalent to the energy needed to power around 400,000 homes. ®