The United Kingdom has entered the race to build the world's first prototype commercial fusion reactor. The British government announced a £200-million (US$248-million) investment on 3 October. Even though no fusion facility has yet been able to generate more energy than it takes to run, governments around the world are already looking at how they might build a commercial reactor. Both the design and timeline for the UK proposal make it among the most ambitious.
The international fusion project ITER is currently under construction in southern France.Credit: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty The United Kingdom has entered the race to build the world’s first prototype commercial fusion reactor. The British government announced a £200-million (US$248-million) investment on 3 October.
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@gbrumfiel@JohnWomersley ...figuring out the materials that would last long enough to harness energy in a cost-effective way, if smaller really is cheaper, prototyping equipment and addressing if it's even possible to move to the engineering phase with the above knowledge gaps.
@gbrumfiel@JohnWomersley Fair points! Sounded like STEP is less about testing D-T at scale (the plan assumes ITER helps them understand dynamics of a burning plasma & shows tritium breeding works) and more about...
@gbrumfiel Just reread the story and I think a key bit maybe got a bit swallowed in the edit - the £200M is for the concept design, over 4 years, and that’s what he’s referring to. He’s definitely not suggesting it would be enough to build a reactor!