Did you know that the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor is not far from London – just outside Oxford in fact (map link).

Before you worry that the dreaming spires will melt in a nuclear accident, Fusion is the sort-of nice side to nuclear power, the version that doesn’t go bang and could potentially be the fuel of the future.

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Probably not an accurate representation of the future of fusion power

While a huge fusion reactor is being built in France to prove the technology, it is the UK that leads the development work – and their research labs are open for public tours. You can get right up close and personal with a fusion reactor.

You have to book yonks in advance, but they are free, and you are allowed to take photos – it is not the sort of secret secure place that a fission reactor has to be.

The Culham research labs have announced the following dates for tours in 2014.

  • 16 July
  • 10 September
  • 15 October
  • 26 November

They also have a reserve list in case of cancellations for the following dates:

  • 12 February
  • 12 March
  • 9 April
  • 14 May
  • 11 June

The free events start at 6.45pm and last for approximately 2.5 hours.

To reserve places, call 01235 466375 or email [email protected].

Trains run to Culham from London, via Oxford or Didcot. There’s quite a nice country pub next to the railway station as well.

I visited a few years ago – my blog post about that is here.

Probably is an accurate representation of the future of fusion power

Probably is an accurate representation of the future of fusion power

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One comment
  1. Margaret says:

    Highly recommended for those with and without scientific minds.

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