Groundbreaking Nuclear Fusion Reactor Could Replace A Coal Power Station in Nottinghamshire

The government is seeking sites to build what would be the UK's first prototype commercial nuclear fusion reactor - Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP).

One of the potential sites in consideration is Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station in Nottinghamshire which is due to be decommissioned. If chosen, the prototype could be built there by 2040. Other sites are being considered across the East Midlands.
Nuclear fusion, currently only carried out in experiments, involves combining two or more atoms together. The process happens inside our sun naturally and is a potential source of safe and clean energy. 

Some experts argue that existing, proven renewable technologies offer a more economical and quicker way of tackling climate change.