Technologies for Fusion Energy
The UK is at the forefront of developing nuclear fusion for a future power station. Potentially a clean and abundant source of low carbon energy, fusion presents some unique challenges. This event will explore some of these challenges and the technologies that are being developed to support the coming nuclear fusion industry.
Come and hear from experts at the UK’s Atomic Energy Agency about where the challenges in fusion lie and the opportunities to develop new technologies.
Introduction: The Global Fusion Challenge – Alexandra Davies, UKAEA
Gain an understanding of the UK fusion programme in the context of the global push for fusion energy.
Talk 1: Designing Materials that Withstand Fusion – Jason Hess, UKAEA
The materials that a fusion power plant will be composed of have very interesting requirements. For example, the components that face the 150 million degree plasma must endure its heat and hitherto unknown radiation loads. Jason will explore why designing these ‘plasma facing components’ is so challenging.
Talk 2: Maintaining the Reactor: Robotics and Remote Handling – Iain Farquhar, UKAEA
After an operational history of over twenty years carrying out remote maintenance of JET, the UKAEA is facing a series of challenges to maintain its current capabilities, as well as multiple opportunities to share its unrivalled expertise with both domestic and international partners. Iain will describe some of these challenges and how they are informing upcoming upgrade and maintenance campaigns, and the development of new remote handling technologies.
Talk 3: Technologies for Tritium – Zoltán Köllő, UKAEA
Tritium handling in a fusion power plant poses significant challenges. Large amounts of tritium and tritiated materials have to be transferred and processed continuously and efficiently. Technologies from breeding tritium, through separating tritiated gases, to gaining back tritium from tritiated water have to be advanced. These involve significant amount of research on properties of materials in contact with tritium, changing known processes and developing new ones. The interaction of tritium with components will influence the design of most reactor elements.
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