8 September 2023 | Muriel Cozier

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In today's Daily Digest, the UK government has set out plans for new fusion R&D in the UK, BASF has signed an agreement to purchase renewable electricity, and more.


Having decided not to associate with the European Union’s Euratom Research and Training Programme, the UK government has set out plans for new fusion R&D in the UK. The government said that the plans, which include an investment of £650 million, will support the flourishing fusion sector and strengthen international collaboration.

The chair of the UK Parliament’s Health and Social Care Committee, Steve Brine MP, has said that the news of the UK rejoining Horizon Europe is of huge importance to the future of cancer research.

A report from the Royal Society is calling on the UK government to start the construction of large scale hydrogen storage if it is to meet its pledge that electricity will come from low carbon sources by 2035 and meet the legally binding net-zero targets by 2050.

The European Parliament’s Industry Committee has adopted the Critical Raw Materials Act to boost the supply of strategic raw materials for the European Union’s green


Apollo Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company founded by a consortium of technology transfer offices from Imperial, UCL and Cambridge universities, along with pharmaceutical companies, and bought out by its management in 2021, has received $226.5 million in funding . This will be used to collaborate with universities to translate basic biomedical research carried out in the UK, into innovative new therapies.


BASF has signed an agreement with State Power Investment Corporation to purchase renewable electricity for its Zhanjiang production complex which is under construction in Guangdong Province, China.


Adnoc has said that it is investing in what is said to be one of the largest CCUS projects located in the Middle East and North Africa region. The Habshan CCUS project will capture and permanently store 1.5 million tpa of carbon dioxide within underground geological formations.

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