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Culham Centre for Fusion Energy launched

The Culham Science Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, formerly known as UKAEA Culham. (Click to view larger version...)
The Culham Science Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, formerly known as UKAEA Culham.
On 31 October, the UK's home of fusion research adopted a new name: the Culham Science Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE).

The laboratory, based at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, was previously known as UKAEA Culham, and has been the site of the UK fusion program since opening in 1960. It also operates the JET (Joint European Torus) experiment on behalf of its European partners.

The launch of CCFE is part of wider organizational changes at the UKAEA, whose nuclear decommissioning sector has been sold to Babcock International. The Authority has taken the opportunity to rebrand its fusion operation, giving it a clearer identity reflecting its mission.

"This is a strong identity that matches our status as one of the world's best fusion laboratories," said CCFE Director Professor Steven Cowley. "It also indicates our aspirations to be at the forefront of the realization of fusion as a major source of clean energy."


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