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UKAEA’s new Fusion Technology Facility in Rotherham welcomed over 60 guests this week at an event to celebrate the centre’s opening.

Regional stakeholders from industry, the research community and local authorities joined UKAEA to see the new building, hear about plans for the facility and discuss potential partnerships.

Fusion Technology Facility open day

Fusion Technology Facility open day – Ian Grayson of Jacobs and Damon Johnstone of UKAEA

The Fusion Technology Facility will develop and test materials and components for future fusion power plants. Its location in South Yorkshire – the heartland of UK advanced manufacturing – enables UKAEA to tap into the expertise in the area. In turn, the facility will create up to 60 jobs and will help local firms to win business in the emerging fusion industry.

A 20-strong UKAEA team is already based at Rotherham, working closely with Fusion Technology colleagues at Culham. The facility will house a range of test rigs, with the CHIMERA device, being designed and built by Jacobs and Tesla Engineering Ltd, as the centrepiece.

Damon Johnstone, UKAEA’s Head of Operations, Fusion Technology Business Unit and Head of the Fusion Technology Facility (pictured right with Jacobs’ Project Director Ian Grayson), said:

“It was wonderful to see so many people from industry, academia and local authorities at the event. We are scaling up our efforts to develop fusion, and the South Yorkshire region has a big part to play as we look towards the engineering of commercial fusion prototypes. Opening up our Fusion Technology Facility in Rotherham is the just the start.”

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