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Advanced Modular Reactor Webinar Series: Spherical Tokamaks

Compact Spherical Tokamak – Rob Slade, Tokamak Energy

Monday 19th October, 1-2pm

Tokamak Energy is aiming to change the way the world generates power by developing a scalable fusion solution that will give the world an attractive new base-load power source that is plentiful, safe, cost effective, secure and clean. Their target is to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion as an energy source by 2030. Rob Slade, Director of Technology Development, will give a talk on the ST-F1 with a focus on the high temperature superconducting magnet technology.


Registration and hosting of the webinar is via the Institute of Physics.

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Advanced Modular Reactor Webinar Series

The UK Government has recently announced a £40m investment to bring forward next generation nuclear energy technology. These “Advanced Modular Reactors” (AMRs) have the potential to unlock new applications for nuclear technology in the carbon-neutral economy of the future – going beyond grid electricity to include the supply of heat, production of Hydrogen, power to communities and industries in remote parts of the world and supporting intermittent renewable supply by storing energy.

In this series of Webinars we will hear from the companies developing the technology – the three projects selected for BEIS funding and Moltex Energy who are forging ahead with first deployment in Canada.

You can register for the other webinars in this series via our events listing: southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk/events

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NIA Manufacturing in Fusion webinar

The Nuclear Industry Association are hosting a webinar with Nuclear AMRC, UKAEA, IDOM and EGB Engineering to help members gain a better understanding of the new UKAEA facility which is currently being constructed at Rotherham next to the Nuclear AMRC building as well as challenges in manufacturing in fusion.


  • Steve Jones, Nuclear AMRC
  • Damon Johnstone, UKAEA
  • Sergio Sádaba Cipriaín, IDOM
  • Dr Arnold Gad-Briggs, EGB Engineering

Hosted by Tom Greatrex, NIA


Registration is via the Nuclear Industry Association website.

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Breeder Blanket Design in Fusion Reactors: Innovations and Challenges

IDOM has been contracted by UKAEA to develop a novel breeder blanket design concept to be used in the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) Fusion Power Plant. The STEP programme aims at accelerating the delivery of sustainable fusion energy thus, IDOM’s task was to develop an innovative conceptual design for a breeder blanket that is overcoming the various challenges facing the existing breeder blankets’ designs.

In this webinar, the speakers will give an overview of IDOM capabilities and experience in Fusion Energy, introduce the breeder blanket technology and working principals. Then, the speakers will talk more specifically about their recent experience and involvement in the STEP project explaining the methodology adopted to develop the breeder blanket conceptual design proposal for the STEP programme.

Credit: EUROfusion

This methodology involved conducting a series of analyses on different breeder blanket designs covering the material properties and their compatibility, the design configuration, the neutronics analysis, the thermal-hydraulics analysis, a preliminary structural analysis, safety aspects, and waste segregation and disposal. These analyses were conducted to identify the design features and constraints of each of those designs and to understand the challenges facing them to be able to come up with an innovative conceptual design proposal that combines the advantages and overcomes the challenges.



Francisco Calvo  -Project Manager in IDOM's Nuclear Department, mainly working on projects related to advanced mechanical design and computational analysis.

Sergio Sádaba -  Technical Specialist in IDOM's  Nuclear Department responsible for design-by-analysis in thermo-mechanical components.

Jorge Fradera - Nuclear Engineer at IDOM. He is a senior nuclear analyst, tritium expert, CFD specialist, scientific applications programmer and fusion technology developer.


Please register via the Institute of Physics.

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IDOM contracted for STEP fusion programme

IDOM were recently announced as one of nine companies who will work on the UKAEA’s Engineering Design Services Framework for the STEP programme. Hub members IDOM will be part of a four-year-long Engineering Design Services Framework along with eight other companies. Other companies in the Framework are Assystem, DBD, Rolls-Royce, Jacobs, Frazer Nash, Atkins, Mott MacDonald, and […]

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Technologies for Fusion Energy

The UK Government has committed £220m funding for the design of a fusion power station, putting the UK at the forefront of developing nuclear fusion as a viable energy source.

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.

Technologies for Fusion Energy

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.

Event key details

Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s Building, University of Bristol


  • 18:00 – coffee and refreshments
  • 18:30 – Talks start
  • 20:00 – close


Registration for this event is via Eventbrite. Click the button below for more details.

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Culham Plasma Physics Summer School

This school is the 56th in the series organized at the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, a leading site for research in plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion carried out under the auspices of EUROfusion and the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

The summer school consists of lectures, problem classes, a poster session, and laboratory visits. The first few days provide an introduction to the basic principles of plasma physics through lectures and problem solving sessions. Thereafter, the course covers fusion plasmas, solar, space and astrophysical plasmas, laser plasmas, industrial applications, and data analysis.

Students must be over 18 to attend the summer school and generally will be in their final year of undergraduate or first year of post graduate study.

More information and register

Further information, including the programme, accommodation, travel and application method is available on the course website.

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  • Summer school fee - £440
  • Accommodation at Oxford University - £510 Extra nights are available in the William R Miller accommodation: charged at £35 per person per night

EU based students may be able to claim travel and accommodation funding for this summer school from FuseNet. Registration before the summer school is required. Visit http://www.fusenet.eu/funds for more details.

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Nuclear AMRC Spherical Tokamak opportunities

The Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production project is an ambitious new programme to design and ultimately build a compact fusion power station in the UK. The UK government has committed an initial £20 million for conceptual design development.

Project leader UKAEA is holding two information events for industry and researchers, including companies in the nuclear supply chain which want to know more about the opportunities around fusion:

  • Thursday 31 January
  • 3–6pm
  • Nuclear AMRC, South Yorkshire

For more information and to register, contact Lisa Jones: lisa.jones@ukaea.uk

Additional date

This event will also be run on the below date in London.

  • Friday 1 February
  • 10.30am–1.30pm
  • Royal Academy of Engineering, central London.
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PhD and MSc Fusion Open Day

The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is hosting an Open Day where you can:

    • Take a tour behind the scenes of the fusion facilities at CCFE
    • Network with academics and current students from a range of universities and the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training
    • Find out more about postgraduate opportunities in fusion and related research
    • Attend talks to learn about the different areas of fusion research


Register http://www.culhamphd.org.uk/

Full programme: Programme 2018 PhD Open Day


Culham Science Centre

Culham Science Centre combines world-class publicly funded research into fusion power; commercial technology organisations and Culham Innovation Centre, to create a powerhouse of high technology innovation and enterprise in South Oxfordshire.

Culham Science Centre, owned and managed by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, is sited in one of the most successful science locations in the country and is a partner in Science Vale UK, along with other public and private sector organisations in the area, to promote southern Oxfordshire as a global hot spot for enterprise and innovation in science, high technology and the application of knowledge.

Culham Science Centre has an exciting future, browse through our pages and see what you could be part of.

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