Climate change and diminishing supplies of fossil fuels make finding clean sources of energy to meet increasing world demand more urgent than ever before.
With the MAST and JET experiments, as well as materials and technology studies for ITER, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is leading the UK research programme into nuclear fusion as a power source that promises:
Not only that but the 80-hectare site is also home to a whole range of related high tech companies, including an Innovation Incubator for start ups and spin offs.
Nicola says: ‘Oxfordshire is the epicentre of so much research that is vital to tackling the biggest social challenges we face today. As I heard from Prof Steve Cowley, CEO of CCFE, they are not only running a leading edge research programme on site but also an award winning Apprenticeship Scheme and I was delighted to meet some of their brilliant young apprentices, including Institute of Engineering and Technology Apprentice of the Year, Lydia Feasey. The standard of training these apprentices are receiving both theoretical and practical, in maths and engineering is inspiring and vital if we are to close our current skills gap in technical and engineering fields.’