OXFORD, England, October 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Tokamak Energy and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) have signed a framework agreement to enable closer collaboration on the development of spherical tokamaks as a route to commercial fusion power.
The five-year agreement will take the form of joint technology development, shared use of equipment and facilities and the associated secondment of personnel between the two organizations. The collaboration will focus on areas including materials development and testing, power generation, fuel cycle, diagnostics and remote control.
Chris KelsallCEO of Tokamak Energy, said: “We are in a race against time to phase out the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and strive to provide fusion as a clean, sustainable, cheap and globally accessible energy source. Tokamak Energy and UKAEA jointly recognize the importance of collaboration to accelerate the delivery of commercial fusion. We welcome the opportunity to advance knowledge, share skills and co-development opportunities with UKAEA, further boosting the UK’s world-leading fusion cluster.”
professor Ian Chapmanchief executive of UKAEA, said: “Nuclear fusion has great potential to deliver almost unlimited clean energy for future generations. This new agreement with Tokamak Energy will benefit both organizations and help advance our collective ambitions because we are stronger together. Fusion represents an exciting opportunity for the UK and we are proud that our ground-breaking work here continues to drive innovation and progress as part of a thriving cluster.”
Both organizations have operational spherical tokamak devices, with Tokamak Energy’s ST40 recently achieving a plasma temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius, the threshold required for commercial fusion power.
Tokamak Energy will soon unveil its next device, which will be the world’s first high-field spherical tokamak to demonstrate the full potential of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets, due to be commissioned in the mid-2020s. It will also demonstrate multiple advanced technologies required for fusion power and inform the design of the company’s first commercial fusion pilot plant, which will demonstrate the ability to deliver net electricity to the grid.
UKAEA’s MAST Upgrade experiment helped pave the way for the development of its ambitious STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Power Generation) programme, which aims to design and build a prototype fusion power plant capable of producing net electricity.
The prototype STEP power station will be designed and built in West Burton, Nottinghamshireto demonstrate the ability to feed net electricity into the grid, enabling the commissioning and construction of future commercial fusion power plants.
About Tokamak Energy
Tokamak Energy is a leading global commercial fusion energy company based near Oxford, UK and is pursuing commercial synthesis through the combined development of spherical tokamaks with high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets.
Founded in 2009 as a spin-off from the Culham Center for Fusion Energy, the company currently employs a growing team of over 200 people with UK talent and experts from around the world. It combines world-leading scientific, engineering, industrial and commercial capabilities. The company has more than 67 patent application families and has grown 250 million dollarsinclusive 200 million dollars from private investors and 50 million dollars by the UK and US governments. Once realized, fusion energy will be clean, cheap and globally deployable – a key factor in meeting global energy demands and climate policy goals.
More information: www.tokamakenergy.co.uk
The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) carries out fusion energy research on behalf of the UK Government. We believe that fusion will be part of the world’s future energy mix. Achieving this involves working at the forefront of science, engineering and technology. UKAEA operates the JET (Joint European Torus) fusion facility in collaboration with the EUROfusion program and delivers the UK fusion programme, including the MAST Upgrade (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak) experiment.
More information: https://www.gov.uk/ukaea
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