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Academics questioned on nuclear fusion research

17 July 2015

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee holds a one-off evidence session looking into the prospects for nuclear fusion and the UK's research and development landscape.


Tuesday 21 July, Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster.

At 10.40am

  • Professor Steven Cowley FRS, FREng, Chief Executive Officer, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Professor of Physics at Imperial College London and Head of the EURATOM / Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) Fusion Association
  • Dr David Kingham, Chief Executive Officer, Tokamak Energy
  • Dr Sharon Ellis, Deputy Director, Research Councils Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Possible questions

  • How much money does the UK invest in nuclear fusion research and is it cost-effective?
  • What is the capability for nuclear fusion research in the UK?
  • Is private nuclear fusion R&D in the UK flourishing, and how well is it supported by the Government?
  • How effective has Government action been to lead this area?
  • What is the likely timescale for commercialisation of nuclear fusion technologies? Could we be generating electricity by 2050?
  • Are there any lessons to be learned from international research programmes into nuclear fusion, such as those underway in the USA and China?
  • Is the Government's Nuclear Strategy fit for purpose in terms of fusion research? Does it adequately recognise the contribution that the advancement of fusion technology could make to the nuclear energy landscape in the UK?

Further information

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