Goole children and adults invited on a virtual space voyage to the Sun

Mon, 04 Jul 2022

Children and adults from the Goole area are invited on a virtual space voyage to the Sun at the Fusion Yorkshire summer open evening on Monday 18th July 2022, from 4pm - 7pm at the Goole Market Hall.  

Fusion Yorkshire have teamed up with the Physics and Engineering Outreach Team from the University of York, as well as the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training, to provide children and adults alike with an exciting science roadshow. 

Fun interactive activities include a virtual space voyage inside a giant inflatable indoor 'sun dome'. This will introduce visitors to the processes that occur inside the Sun and how scientists are using the same processes to create fusion energy for electricity in the future.  

Fusion Yorkshire wants Goole to be the home of a project to design and construct a prototype fusion energy plant in the UK.  The project, called STEP, which is short for Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production, will showcase how a future fusion power station could be operated and maintained.  Goole faced stiff competition from other locations across the UK and is now one of the final five potential locations for the STEP site.  The Government's decision on its chosen location will be announced in the Autumn.

Fusion Yorkshire's summer open evening at the Market Hall is an opportunity for residents, business owners and budding space voyagers to drop in, have some fun and learn more about fusion energy.  The Fusion Yorkshire team will be there to answer questions about what STEP would mean for the local community (adults and children alike) as well as regional businesses, employment, and supply chain opportunities. No booking is required and there will be no charge for the activities.

The potential Goole site for STEP is close to Junction 36 of the M62.  Due to Goole's central location, this is seen as a fantastic opportunity for the whole of Yorkshire and the wider region. The Goole STEP bid is supported by a partnership of northern universities led by the University of York and key industry bodies.

Professor Howard Wilson from the Department of Physics at the University of York said: "This open evening will give children and adults in Goole an exciting introduction to the science of the Sun and how we are working towards re-creating the fusion energy that powers it for sustainable, safe, effectively limitless energy here on Earth"

"STEP is an incredibly exciting project, aiming to demonstrate the commercial viability of fusion energy as a valuable contribution to mitigate climate change.

"If our bid is successful, it will place Goole and the wider Yorkshire region at the international heart of sustainable energy, attracting a huge range of industries and organisations to generate jobs across many sectors and driving skills growth in the region."