International engineering company Assystem, which calls itself one of the top three nuclear engineering companies worldwide, announced a major contract Tuesday to support the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), a UK government research organisation responsible for the development of nuclear fusion power.Assystem will support the engineering design of projects across all major disciplines including mechanical engineering, process engineering, electrical, control and instrumentation, building services and civil engineering, and integrated design, the company said, noting "nuclear fusion will play an important part in the UK’s carbon-free energy in the future."
The work will also contribute to Britain's carbon emissions controls, as designed by the UK Climate Change Act.UKAEA researches fusion energy and related technologies. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is one of the world’s leading fusion research laboratories; aiming to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy. The center is home to the UK’s fusion research including the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) experiment upgrade as well as the Joint European Torus (JET), currently the world’s largest fusion device.
CCFE also has close links with other European and international fusion laboratories and the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor (ITER) under construction at Cadarache, France.
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