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UK to host nuclear fusion research facility

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The UK Atomic Energy Authority has agreed a deal for the UK to host a €10-million (£8.4m) testing facility for Iter, the nuclear fusion research collaboration based in southern France.

Iter’s Remote Handling Test Facility will be based at the Remote Applications in Challenging Environments institute in Oxfordshire, the UKAEA announced in a statement on 7 April. The institute already supports several industry-led partnerships developing remote maintenance systems for Iter.

The UK government and Iter will each provide €5m in funding over five years to test remote handling systems and develop operational feedback that will shape the final designs for the reactor.

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