Foster children had the chance to visit the world’s biggest fusion device near Abingdon on a “mind-boggling” tour this month.

A group of 10 children from the Oxfordshire Foster Care Association (OFCA) took at trip to find out how fusion promises to be a safe, low-carbon and sustainable part of the world’s future energy at UK Atomic Energy Authority’s leading research site in Culham.

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The group saw the Joint European Torus (JET) and got the chance to speak to scientists involved in the experiment, which recently set new records for sustained fusion energy.

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Debbie Light from OFCA said: “The UKAEA team presented a very informative, interesting and inspiring talk on both JET and fusion. Oxfordshire Foster Care Association really appreciated the tour and the insight into the future of fusion energy.”

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OFCA also explained how the team gave “a fascinating” tour of the facility, covering the “mind-boggling science behind fusion power, the engineering challenges they face and the tasks ahead to supply limitless low-carbon power for many future generations to come”.

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UKAEA researches fusion energy and related technologies, with the aim of positioning the UK as a world leader. Fusion energy has great potential to deliver safe, sustainable, low carbon energy for generations to come. It is the ultimate energy source, based on the same processes that power the sun and stars.

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