The Impact of UK Public Investments in UKAEA Fusion Research – December 2020

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Practice area: Data & technology | Disruptive technologies | Energy
Client: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Published: 24 November, 2020
Keywords: impact assessment

London Economics was commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to undertake an independent impact evaluation of nuclear fusion research at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. The study objective was to assess the costs and benefits of fusion research at Culham to date. Specifically, the study sought to: i) generate evidence to inform future UK government policy relating to  fusion research; ii) assess how fusion research and its associated infrastructure has benefited the UK, with a focus on scientific progress, scientific impacts, industry collaborations, and environmental and economic impacts; iii) provide case studies of direct and indirect impacts and spill overs from UK fusion research; and, iv) identify the financial costs of UK  fusion research and associated infrastructure.

The report can be viewed here.