POSTED 25.01.21

EASL has recently been awarded a research project and literature review contract; to gather cryogenic materials data for a variety of materials and materials properties, by the STEP Programme within the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), a non-departmental government body carrying out research into nuclear fusion as a future source of energy.

EASL has numerous examples of similar tasks brought successfully to completion in the past, and will bring to the table comprehensive experience in the study of materials’ properties at extreme temperatures, with innumerable projects where we have carried out a full literature review and subsequent analyses of material performance.

On this occasion our task is to perform a materials data review for multiple material types and their properties at cryogenic temperatures and to organise the material property data into a specific machine readable digital file format.

EASL is actively involved in nuclear power generation and new build for both fusion and fission and currently collaborating with ITER within several departments such as Port Integration and Diagnostics, as well as Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. We also provide specialised engineering services to the existing UK nuclear fleet, among many others.

STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) is an ambitious programme to design and build a fusion energy prototype plant, targeting 2040. It is a UKAEA programme with an initial £222 million funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024.

The STEP prototype will be used to research and develop the technology and enable a fleet of commercial plants to follow in the years after 2040.


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