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STEP Siting: Oldbury & Berkeley (Severn Edge) Community Forum

February 10, 2022 -6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The UKAEA (UK Atomic Energy Authority) is currently looking for a site in the UK to host the world's first prototype fusion energy plant, known as STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production). Of the fifteen longlisted sites, only five now remain, and the Severn Edge nomination proposes to reuse two sites at Oldbury in South Gloucestershire and Berkeley in Gloucestershire.

Fusion is the process that powers the universe. It has the potential to provide a near-limitless source of low-carbon energy by copying the processes that power the sun and stars where atoms are fused to release energy.

STEP is a UKAEA programme that will demonstrate the ability to generate net electricity from fusion. It will also determine how a fusion energy plant will be maintained throughout its operational life, and prove the potential for it to produce its own fuel.

STEP’s mission is to deliver a UK prototype fusion energy plant, targeting 2040, and a path to commercial viability of fusion. Finding a home for STEP is one of the key objectives of the first phase of the programme and, as Severn Edge is one of five shortlisted communities, we want to hear your thoughts and feeling about the project.

Join this community focussed online forum to learn more about the programme, and give your feedback first hand.

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