Supporting Fusion in the North West
For almost 100 years the promise of fusion power as an almost limitless source of energy has been something many have dreamed of - and now we could have the opportunity of realising this dream in the coming decades.
Over the past 20 years the technology needed to make fusion energy a viable power source has advanced at pace and we may soon have the opportunity to move fusion from the science lab into the real world and produce clean energy and electricity for the first time.
Here at Bay Fusion we believe that the north west of England is particularly well suited to the development and industrialisation of fusion energy technology. As the birthplace of the industrial revolution and commercial nuclear power generation we aim to help the public, private and education sector in the north west embrace the opportunities that development and industrialisation of this technology could bring to the region.
"With world leading universities, scientific, engineering and industrial expertise, coupled with a rich inventive heritage, we believe that the north west could play a key role in the future fusion sector. Our cluster aims to connect business, academia and policymakers to this rapidly emerging global industry."
What is Fusion?
Fusion is the process which powers our Sun, and all the stars in the universe. The process occurs under extreme pressures - where two atoms of lighter elements are squashed ("fused") together to form a new atomic nuclei and this releases energy in the process. By harnessing this process, we are able to capture the energy released and use it to generate electricity. The UK is a world leader in fusion science and already holds the world record for the most efficient fusion reaction ever recorded in a fusion experiment in the UKAEA JET project located at Culham in Oxfordshire.
Fusion power could be used as a major tool in the fight against climate change. Whilst it may not be able to help the immediate climate emergency, this will help solve our future global energy needs in the second half of the 21st century. To be ready for this challenge we need to start work now to make fusion power a reality.
Who are Bay Fusion?
Bay Fusion was created from a collaboration of industry, academia and local authorities support the development and industrialisation of fusion in the north west. Initially supporting a nomination for STEP in Heysham and the surrounding Morecambe Bay area, we have now extended our activities to support global fusion developments. Our cluster aims to bring together individuals and organisations who want to help showcase what the north west has to offer and how it can play a vital role in the industrialisation of fusion technologies.
What is STEP?
The UK Government currently has an ambitious programme to build a first-of-a-kind fusion power plant and since 2020 has been looking to find a home for STEP, ultimately selecting a site in Nottinghamshire. Bay Fusion aims to support the aims of STEP as well as other private sector organisations to help make fusion power generation a reality.
Join the Bay Fusion Industry Cluster !
Bay Fusion is currently building a fusion industry focused cluster to bring together individuals and organisations who want to play their role helping develop and industrialise this technology which is key to helping combat climate change. We are looking to curate a cluster of expertise across a wide range of sectors - from environmental protection to precision engineering and data science - as well as sectors more traditionally aligned with fusion.
You can join our cluster as an individual or business - please visit www.bay-fusion.co.uk/join
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