A virtual community forum event will be held on the plans for the first fusion energy power plant prototype
A virtual community forum event will take place online on Wednesday, February 2 between 6-8 p.m.
Goole is one of five UK sites shortlisted for STEP, or Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production, a UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) program to pave the way for the development of commercial power stations.
It will also show how a future fusion power plant could be operated and maintained.
The community forum is open to everyone and will include an overview of the program, details of the proposals, and an open forum for questions and discussion.
This will allow participants to learn more and provide feedback, which will form an important part of the evaluation process as the team develops its final recommendations.
UKAEA engineers and scientists involved in this one-of-a-kind project will engage with residents and stakeholders to discuss the benefits of safe, sustainable and low-carbon fusion energy, and how the proposed power plant prototype would create thousands of highly skilled jobs and attract other high-tech industries to its host region.
The chosen STEP site will be selected by the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The final decision on the chosen site is expected towards the end of 2022.
Tristram Denton, Head of Business Development and Programs at STEP, said: “STEP is not only of strategic importance to the UKAEA, but also to national and global efforts to harness fusion technology in the fight against climate change. Although still in its infancy, we foresee the host region becoming a global hub for a wide range of technological and scientific expertise, paving the way for enormous economic opportunities. “The UK government is committed to achieving net zero by 2050 and fusion is part of the long-term solution, alongside a continued increase in energy from renewable sources such as wind power and solar. The recent COP26 climate conference highlighted the need to push harder and faster, and STEP will bring us closer to making fusion a reality.
Click on here to register for the session organized via Microsoft Teams on Eventbrite