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The Energy of Science Vale UK - 26 May 2011. Fusion Technology and Industry presentation by Andy Sowerby (Oxford Instruments). More details at

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Science Vale UK energy event - fusion technology and industry - oi

  1. 1. Oxford Instruments Fusion Technology & Industry: Our Experience at Oxford Instruments Andy Sowerby Group Business Development Manager© Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®
  2. 2. Oxford Instruments Our position & Background • Oxford Instruments has been a leader in advanced instrumentation for over fifty years. We supply high-technology tools and systems to customers in industry, research, education, space, energy and defence • We have a portfolio of skills which provide a unique opportunity to engage in fusion technology development with a broad range of potential entry points • Turnover in 2009/10 of £211.5m, 1500 people • We are looking to enhance further our role in fusion research© Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®
  3. 3. Oxford Instruments World’s first liquid helium free dilution refrigerator with an integrated high-field superconducting magnet World’s first large area Silicon Drift Detector for SEMs Hand-held XRF analysers World’s first MRI Plasma etch & Deposition tools for semiconductor industry Floated on London Stock Exchange World’s first superconducting magnet 1959 1969 1979 1989 1999 2009 Our History© Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®
  4. 4. Oxford InstrumentsOperating Sites Tubney UK Bristol UK Espoo Finland Carteret USA High Wycombe UK Scotts Valley USA Shanghai China Austin USA Uedem Germany© Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®
  5. 5. Oxford InstrumentsMapping Our Capabilities to Fusion Activities• Wire manufacture• Gyrotron design and manufacture• Cryogen free technologies• Technical Consultancy • “Generic” Design for cost, Environmental Analysis • “V Specific” Quench Control, Magnet modelling © Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®
  6. 6. Oxford Instruments Wire “Strand” Manufacture•Nb3Sn superconducting wire developed for the ITER projectto provide for its higher performance requirements comparedto traditional applications ITER-type Nb3Sn Deliverable: Nb filaments and tin centres inside a copper jacket, plated with a 2 micron Cr coating - Development partially funded by “ITER” - Development time to supply contract ~ 5 years• Our strand has received qualification for use in ITER and we have received and order for £40 million order to supply 67 tonnes of superconducting wire to the ITER project• Manufactured in a purpose built factory in Carteret, New Jersey© Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®
  7. 7. Oxford Instruments Gyrotron Design and Manufacture• Gyrotrons are use in Fusion research to heat the plasma Gyrotron tube and cryostat layout• We have pioneered superconducting magnets for Gyrotron applications• We have delivered wide range of gyrotrons from 60-170 GHz both wet and cryofree, for a range of fusion applications including 10 for JET at Culham• Through an acquisition, we have broadened our cryofree technology offering enabling “dry” cryofree capability• We have the manufacturing skills and capability for volume gyrotron magnet manufacture• We are looking to engage across the world in the development and supply of the ITER requirement of ca 20MW © Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®
  8. 8. Oxford Instruments Technical Consultancy• Oxford Instruments has been a key player in SC magnet development and cryogenics since 1959.• The experience built up over this period can be exploited in a wide range of fusion related projects.• The “Calls for Expertise” from ITER are generally very specific with regard to demonstration of expertise and naming individuals © Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®
  9. 9. Oxford Instruments Learnings • Think broadly about your capabilities and how they could match the requirement of ITER / F4E etc • In many cases individual tenders will require consortia to deliver the result • Think beyond “just” F4E and look at other contracting organisations such as US ITER, etc • Work with Dan Mistry to facilitate contacts with the ITER / F4E technical teams and to help develop consortia • The lead times can be long© Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®
  10. 10. Oxford Instruments Questions© Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®
  11. 11. Oxford Instruments Cooling Technology Options Shield Cooled Gyrotron Oxford Instruments offers a range of magnet cooling options to meet the varying needs of users: • ‘Wet’ systems – traditional superconducting magnet configuration using liquid helium with a liquid nitrogen shield. • Shield cooler – a two stage Gifford-McMahon (GM) radiation shield cooler is used to minimise cryogen consumption. • Recondensing – a 4 K GM/PTR cooler recondenses the liquid helium, effectively reducing static helium consumption to zero. • Cryofree® – Cryofree systems using no liquid cryogens - the magnet is cooled by a reliable 4 K GM/PTR cooler.© Oxford Instruments 2011 The Business of Science®