IOP welcomes focus on future of JET

27 June 2017

The UK is a world leader in nuclear fusion research, and the IOP is pleased to see that the sustainable future of the JET facility, together with the expertise at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) – one of Euratom’s most important research centres – is being addressed.

As the UKAEA has said, JET is ideally placed to prepare for successful operation of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) - one of humankind’s most important scientific endeavours.

A €238 m contract signed between the European Commission and CCFE in July 2014 secures JET operation until 2018, and fusion projects at CCFE are funded jointly by Euratom and by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. JET currently receives around €56 m (£48 m) annually from Euratom as part of the contract running until the end of 2018.

  • An IOP briefing note on the UK and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), providing background and recommendations on Euratom and its functions in the UK, can be found on our Policy pages.