Fusion is coming

Tuesday 24 May 2022 | 17:00 - 18:00 | Webinar

This session has been organised by CFA UK's Climate Change working group

In 1926 Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington showed that fusion energy was the engine that powered the stars. In his own words, “we sometimes dream that humankind will one day learn to release it and use it for our service. The store is well-nigh inexhaustible, if only it could be tapped.”

In the 96 years since his discovery Eddingtons dream has drawn ever closer to reality. Driven by cutting edge science and engineering, renewed public drive and commitment, and a growing private sector of innovators, fusion is now entering the delivery era. 

In this session Melanie Windridge and Nick Walkden will introduce the basics of fusion energy and explain why it is such an attractive clean energy source for the future. They will explore the latest developments in the global fusion landscape and discuss the important role of investment in the fusion sector as it drives towards the delivery of fusion electricity to the grid. 

 Where recordings are made, these are a member benefit that are accessed through the member-only platform, CFA UK Discover.


Registration: 16:55

Event: 17:00 - 18:00

CPD Points: 1.00


Nick Walkden, Senior Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Dr Nick Walkden is an award winning fusion plasma physicist, strategist, policy expert, communicator, and unreserved fusion enthusiast. He has written more than 40 academic papers, led international experimental teams in the U.K. and across Europe, and advised Government on National fusion policy.

Following a decade at the forefront of the public sector fusion programme, Nick is now a Senior Consultant at Frazer-Nash Consultancy working to ensure that the U.K. remains the best place in the world for fusion. 

Melanie Windridge, UK Director, Fusion Industry Association

Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, speaker, writer, and business woman. She has a PhD in fusion energy from Imperial College London, is Communications Consultant for fusion start-up Tokamak Energy, and is the author of Star Chambers, and introductory book on fusion energy. 

Melanie is ex UK Director of the Fusion Industry Association and is Founder of Fusion Energy Insights, a membership company to help busy professionals keep up to date with the growing fusion industry. 

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