Fusion and Industry: CCFE and Culham’s    programme                                    Presented by                       ...
Contents    • Fusion Energy – why we’re here    • Fusion facilities at Culham    • CCFE’s interaction with Industry:      ...
Fusion Energy – why we’re here                CCFE is the Research Arm of the UK Atomic Energy Authority                  ...
Fusion Facilities at Culham Site                                                        CCFE leads the UK’s Fusion Program...
CCFE’s Interaction with Industry                             procuring equipment/services for our facilities         Procu...
MAST-Upgrade Project – ‘Stage 1 Upgrade’                            £30M project with ~ £20M hardware procurements    • On...
CCFE Fusion & Industry Aims    We have two main aims:    • to assist and encourage UK companies to tender for fusion      ...
ITER-the next generation fusion device                                                                           (with JET...
CCFE’s Fusion & Industry Programme    ITER services/systems are being procured either by    ITER Organisation direct or (t...
CCFE’s approach for TT     Our Second Aim is:       “to promote and facilitate technology transfer between fusion       an...
CCFE’s Technical Support Package •Companies receiving this include:     • R2Teck: Undertaking manufacturing activities in ...
Technology Transfer – some ‘Spin-off’ examples                                          Stock Exchange - Mathematical     ...
Summary • Through CCFE, the UK has a diverse and vibrant fusion programme,   which is one of the leading programmes world-...
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The Energy of Science Vale UK - 26 May 2011. Fusion Energy presentation by Derek Stork Tim Fenn (Culham Centre for Fusion Energy). More details at www.sciencevale.com

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  1. 1. Fusion and Industry: CCFE and Culham’s programme Presented by Derek Stork Director of TechnologyUK Atomic Energy Authority, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3DB, UK Science Vale UK Meeting – 26th May 2011 CCFE is the fusion research arm of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
  2. 2. Contents • Fusion Energy – why we’re here • Fusion facilities at Culham • CCFE’s interaction with Industry: – Procurement of equipment for our facilities; – ‘Fusion and Industry’ programme; • Helping ‘Industry’ win fusion contracts from other players; • Technology Transfer – ‘Technology Support Packages’2 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  3. 3. Fusion Energy – why we’re here CCFE is the Research Arm of the UK Atomic Energy Authority Nuclear Fusion powers the stars. in the centre of the Sun at 15M ºC Hydrogen nuclei fuse to produce Helium and energy this sustains life on Earth via sunlight. To harness fusion power on Earth gases must be heated to ~ 150M ºC the gas is then fully ionised as a ‘plasma’. Confining the plasma in a vessel is achieved by using powerful magnetic fields in a device known as a ‘Tokamak’. Fusion as a power source for electricity generation would have many advantages inexhaustible fuels; no greenhouse gases; no acid rain; small quantities of fuel (huge energy density!) little mining impact.3 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  4. 4. Fusion Facilities at Culham Site CCFE leads the UK’s Fusion Programme JET: Europe’s flagship fusion experiment You are here CCFE operates JET (Joint European Torus) – on behalf of the European Fusion Development Agreement – budget ~£50M per year – scientists from all over Europe experiment on JET MAST: Centrepiece of the UK Fusion programme4 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  5. 5. CCFE’s Interaction with Industry procuring equipment/services for our facilities Procuring equipment for JET & MAST – these operational facilities (with occasional upgrades) require a steady stream of equipment and services. Recently finished JET Enhancement Project (‘EP2’) ~ 34 M€ of procurements funded over 1/3 went to UK Industry – including large SME contracts CCFE can help UK firms prepare for such international markets5 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  6. 6. MAST-Upgrade Project – ‘Stage 1 Upgrade’ £30M project with ~ £20M hardware procurements • One of the few large scientific projects given the go-ahead in the difficult economic climate. • Many technologies involved in the potential contracts. • Procurements starting this year. CCFE will keep industry informed of opportunities6 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  7. 7. CCFE Fusion & Industry Aims We have two main aims: • to assist and encourage UK companies to tender for fusion procurement and consultancy contracts especially from the next generation ITER project; • to promote and facilitate technology transfer (TT) between fusion and industry.7 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  8. 8. ITER-the next generation fusion device (with JET to scale) A world-wide collaboration, currently under construction in France Constructed by 2019 Operates to 2035 major radius = 6.2 m (2x JET) minor radius = 2.0 m (2x JET) Plasma volume = 837 m3 (8-10x JET) Fusion power ≥ 500MW ( ~ 30 x JET) Plasma burn time ~ 500s (~ 50x JET) CCFE’s ITER Systems and JET programmes, intend to position ourselves and UK Industry to have key roles ITER science and technology.8 8 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  9. 9. CCFE’s Fusion & Industry Programme ITER services/systems are being procured either by ITER Organisation direct or (the majority)by ‘Fusion for Energy’ (F4E) the EU agency based in Barcelona. So far UK companies have been awarded contracts worth over 150 M€ from ITER/F4E Interested in fusion/ITER opportunities? Then you can: • Understand the programme by visiting the ITER website (www.iter.org); • Register your organisation on CCFE’s database (www.fusion-industry.org.uk); • Register your organisation on F4E’s database (https://industryportal.f4e.europa.eu/default.aspx); but talk to us first! • Respond to tenders – see (http://fusionforenergy.europa.eu/); For further information please contact dan.mistry@ccfe.ac.uk we can advise, put you in contact with potential consortium partners (UK and EU) etc.9 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  10. 10. CCFE’s approach for TT Our Second Aim is: “to promote and facilitate technology transfer between fusion and industry.”Special Techniques Group produce the Technology SupportPackage (TSP) to the (mainly start-up) companies that are locatedin the Culham Innovation Centre. They provide: - Technical advice; - Access to mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering skills & technologies.Currently 6 organisations are benefiting from our TSP.For further information contact dan.mistry@ccfe.ac.uk.In return they provide us with publicity. Many such companieshave featured in our E-Zine.To receive our E-Zine please register on our website at:www.fusion-industry.org.uk.10 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  11. 11. CCFE’s Technical Support Package •Companies receiving this include: • R2Teck: Undertaking manufacturing activities in the form of bespoke mounting boxes; • Reaction Engines: Undertaking a wide range of brazing activities and providing some technical consultancy from time to time; • Laplacian: generally some machining and general consultancy; • Oxis Energy: help with equipment set ups, and advice on suppliers; • Isis: providing brazing expertise, and in the development of bonding of some silver target assemblies; • AMR: use of our workshop for prototyping activities. • In return they provide us with publicity. We have featured many companies in our E-Zine. If you would like to receive our E-Zine then please register on our website at: www.fusion- industry.org.uk.11 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  12. 12. Technology Transfer – some ‘Spin-off’ examples Stock Exchange - Mathematical Techniques to predict financial markets Plasma Lamp - Improved brightness Plasma Probe- for use in & extended of neon lamps through astrophysical plasma research inductive lighting technology Bonas Machine Co - Improved Rosetta Space Probe - worked with efficiency of weaving machine OU to build components for the Probe.12 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
  13. 13. Summary • Through CCFE, the UK has a diverse and vibrant fusion programme, which is one of the leading programmes world-wide. • There are many opportunities to provide hardware and services to our on-site facilities and providing hardware to JET enables firms to gain a Europe-wide profile . • There are also exciting opportunities (starting in 2011) for Industry to supply components for MAST-Upgrade. • There are huge opportunities for UK firms in ITER. CCFE is here to help: – inform of opportunities; – provide contact database and networking for firms; – potentially become involved in joint work for F4E and ITER IO contracts. • CCFE can help start-up firms on site through its Technical Support Package Pushing Fusion Power forward is both environmentally sound and a potential business opportunity for the UK (and hence our local organisations).13 Science Vale UK Meeting – Culham – 26th May 2011
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