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First Light Fusion to partner with UKAEA for new demonstration facility

The UK Atomic Energy Authority and First Light Fusion have signed an agreement for the design and construction of a new purpose-built facility to house First Light’s "Machine-4" at UKAEA’s Culham Campus in Oxfordshire.


Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Abingdon UK


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  • UKAEA and First Light Fusion to construct a new facility to house First Light’s new net energy gain demonstrator (“Machine 4”) in Oxford, UK

  • The agreement will see both parties developing the building at Culham Campus

  • Architects and technical designers have been appointed, construction expected to begin in 2024

  • Machine 4’s unique approach to inertial confinement fusion is its next milestone towards commercial fusion power development

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