IChemE - Nuclear Fusion - Between Technology and Risk

7th June 2022 6:00 pm

Nuclear fusion is the way the stars produce energy. We have tried to reproduce nuclear fusion on earth since the fifties. Recently, many new projects in nuclear fusions are taking off, backed by public and private investment. Many of these projects are achieving early milestones and are seen in the press.

At the same time the UK government is working to develop a regulatory framework that considers possible risks to health and safety of fusion while not discouraging research and development.

For this event, the Hazards Forum will bring experts from different areas of risk management to provide a complete picture of the risks surrounding new fusion technical developments.

The talks will focus on:

  • Investment risk – how does private equity assess risk and probability of returns when considering whether to invest in the new energy sector
  • Technology risks – why we think fusion plants will pose fewer hazards than fission plants and what other risks technology developers have to consider
  • Government perspective in trying to ensure risk is As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) while still creating a positive environment for research and development.

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