The innovation contracts are set to combat technical issues with fusion energy
In line with the Fusion Industry Programme, 15 organisations have been allocated UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) contracts to demonstrate if their innovation can be a helpful contribution to the development of commercial fusion energy.
Each contract is worth between £50,000 and £250,000 and the funds were distributed by the UKAEA’s new ‘Fusion Energy Programme’ and allocated via the government’s ‘Small Business Research Initiative’.
Those organisations working to improve and hasten the design for fusion power plants include firms such as the University of Manchester, Assystem, CAE Tech, CRA, First Light Fusion, Full Matrix, Hybird Ltd and Slingshot Simulations.
Other firms have been rewarded with funding to help “reduce fusion power plant fuel requirements by researching advanced production and handling technologies for hydrogen isotopes.” These include groups such as the University of Bristol, IDOM, Gencoa, CageCapture, Aqsorption, IS-Instruments and Jacobs.
Tim Bestwick, UKAEA’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “Fusion energy holds enormous promise as a low-carbon energy source for the world, but it is technically very challenging. This scheme is helping engage a range of organisations and industrial partners to address these important challenges.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work alongside these organisations and hope to include many others as the scheme develops”.