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Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. Culham is one of the world's leading fusion research laboratories. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of cleaner energy for tomorrow's power stations.

Mission & goals
UKAEA’s mission is to lead the commercial development of fusion power and related technology and position the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy.

This is underpinned by five goals:
1 - Maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in fusion research & development
2 - Enable economic growth & new high-tech jobs in UK industry
3 - Grow the UK’s nuclear technology capability
4 - Design the first fusion power plants
5 - Develop Harwell and Culham sites as Science and Innovation Centres

UKAEA has hosted the JET (Joint European Torus) facility at Culham since its design started in 1973. First operation was in 1983 and since then it has set world records for plasma performance. The MAST facility, also based at Culham, is leading the world in research into tight aspect ratio tokamaks and has recently undergone a major upgrade.

New facilities linked to our fusion research are now operational at Culham:
Materials Research Facility (MRF), is a new UK facility for micro-characterisation of materials now open to university and industry users. It is part of the National Nuclear Users Facility (NNUF) initiative.

Remote Applications in Challenging Environments facility (RACE) is conducting R&D and commercial activities in the field of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS).

Oxford Advanced Skills (OAS) is a training centre enabling Oxfordshire business to offer young people hi-tech and engineering apprenticeships of the highest quality.


Please visit http://www.ccfe.ac.uk/index.aspx for further information on who we are and what we do here at UKAEA.



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