South West Business Insider March 2022

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The new impetus of Fusion

One of the long-running jokes about humanity harnessing nuclear fusion – the chemical reaction process that powers the sun – is that for half a century it has stubbornly stayed 30 years away from becoming a reality.

One of the long-running jokes about humanity harnessing nuclear fusion – the chemical reaction process that powers the sun – is that for half a century it has stubbornly stayed 30 years away from becoming a reality.

Our cover story this month belies this “fact”, as fusion energy now seems to be within reach in a significant way.

A UK fusion trial was conducted last month and made headlines around the world.
And with the country poised to press on a prototype fusion power plant project, the West is in a strong position to play a major role.

So what is the project? The UK Atomic Energy Authority wants a fusion power plant connected to the national grid by 2040 – and the West, in the form of sites in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, has a strong chance of hosting it. He made a strong bid in partnership with Wales through economic development organization Western Gateway.

The wonderful thing about fusion, when properly harnessed, is its potential to produce energy in abundance without worrying about raw material scarcity or having to think about waste. It is therefore potentially an extraordinary prize, and one worth investing in as the world grapples with the climate emergency. A decision will be made later in the year, but so far the deal has been made as best it can from a region with a long history of non-fossil power generation.

With the future in mind, we also take a look at how the function of offices is changing with a fascinating dossier on the future of work.

Also in this month’s edition, we take an in-depth look at how the sustainability agenda is rapidly changing business priorities.

Take advantage of the problem.

Christian Annesley, editor
@ChrisA_Insider

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