Potential sites for fusion power plant identified
Fusion is seen as a potential source of almost limitless clean energy but is currently only used in experiments.
The UKAEA said that acceptance of the sites did not indicate that they were "preferred or desired" or that it believed they were "in all cases, possible".
It stressed it was simply that the procedural entry criteria had been met and assessment had now begun.
It said a shortlisting process would take place in the autumn with a final site decision likely by the end of next year.
The Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme director Paul Methven said: "The publication of the longlist of sites is the next stage in the process of finding a home for STEP.
"We were pleased to receive a number of high-quality nominations and will now continue with in-depth technical assessment over the summer before we publish a shortlist later in the year.
"We're looking forward to getting out to each of the shortlisted communities at this point to visit the site and engage with both stakeholders and communities."
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