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U.S.-U.K. Announce Commercial Fusion Partnership Agreement

U.S.-U.K. Announce Commercial Fusion Partnership Agreement

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (DESNZ) recently formalized a partnership agreement to form a major new strategic effort to accelerate the demonstration and commercialization of fusion energy. This new partnership intends to focus on advancing the U.S. Bold Decadal Vision for Commercial Fusion Energy and the UK’s Fusion Strategy.


U.S. fusion program efforts are lead primarily through the DOE Office of Science’s Fusion Energy Sciences program and in the UK through the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). The new partnership builds on the two nation’s collaborative history, including the UKAEA-Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Fusion Fellowships as well as research on the MAST-U tokamak in the UK and the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in the United States.  The program aims to recognize and develop the complementarity between U.S. and UK resources and facilities in fusion, including those in academia, industry, and government. A focused joint coordinating committee to drive the work of the new partnership is to be announced soon, and the U.S. plans to announce additional fusion partnership initiatives during COP28 meetings.
 

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