TWENTY members were fortunate enough to visit Culham Centre for Fusion Energy at the end of November to hear how
TWENTY members were fortunate enough to visit Culham Centre for Fusion Energy at the end of November to hear how fusion energy might solve our energy problems in the future.
They were taken on an extensive tour of the impressive facilities at the centre.
By no means were all in the group scientists but the evening started with a very accessible explanation of how nuclear fusion works and how, once developed on a larger scale, it could potentially replace current forms of energy, thus avoiding the harm being done to our world by the burning of fossil fuels.
A tour of the site followed, including the world’s largest magnetic fusion experiment, Joint European Torus.
This visit followed on from a lecture to the computer section at Phyllis Court Club a few weeks earlier by Dr Alan Costley.
He is an expert on nuclear fusion and used to work at Culham as a PhD student. Later he spent more than 10 years on the JET project.
Members now feel much better informed about the possibilities offered by nuclear fusion. A second group will have the chance to visit Culham next year.