Tokamak Energy Awarded Five U.S. Department of Energy Grants in 2020
Tokamak Energy Inc. is pleased to announce we have been awarded two more grants under the US Department of Energy (DOE) 2020 INFUSE program. This brings our total to five of these valuable grants that give us access to world leading knowledge and expertise within the US National Laboratory System.
One INFUSE award is for us to work with Los Alamos National Laboratory on materials for neutron shielding. Some time ago we patented a novel combination of materials for neutron shielding and this grant will enable us to work with a team capable of fabricating the metal hydride materials of greatest interest to us.
Our second INFUSE award is with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on the modelling of the plasma edge in Present and Future High Field Spherical Tokamaks. This is important because the thickness and other properties of the plasma edge determine the energy confinement time of the plasma and the maximum heat load on the tokamak divertor.
Dr David Kingham, Executive Vice Chairman of Tokamak Energy, said:
“We have a long and successful history of working with US National Laboratories including conceptual designs of compact spherical tokamaks with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory over the last 7 years. Theses INFUSE awards allow us to expand our range of collaborations. Fusion development is a really tough challenge, so help from these world leading fusion research centres is most welcome.”
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To read about the second round of 2020 INFUSE awards, click here
To read about the first round of winners or find out more about the program, please visit the INFUSE website.
About Tokamak Energy
Established in 2009, Tokamak Energy is a private company working to develop compact fusion power. Uniquely it has a working prototype device that routinely produces high temperature plasma
Fusion is the process that powers the Sun and all the stars. Engineers and scientists at Tokamak Energy are working to replicate this process on Earth. Fusion energy from tokamaks will be clean and safe, with no emission of carbon from combustion, no risk of meltdown and no long-lived radioactive waste. Moreover, this carbon-free energy is from plentiful materials and the energy density of the fuel is several million times greater than coal or oil.
Tokamak Energy’s approach is to combine the new technology of high field strength, high temperature superconducting magnets with the efficiency advantages of the spherical tokamak, as pioneered at Culham and Princeton Laboratories. This combination of advanced technologies, with a strong focus on efficiency, has the potential to achieve impressive results. To date, Tokamak Energy has made important progress towards its target of building a fusion power demonstration device by 2025 and delivering energy to the grid for the first time by 2030. It has built a tokamak with exclusively high temperature superconducting magnets, created the highest ever magnetic field in a spherical tokamak and is working towards reaching fusion temperatures of 100 million degrees within the coming year.
The company is a spin-out from Culham Laboratory, the world-leading centre for magnetic fusion energy research. It is addressing the enormous long-term global potential of fusion research, where the UK has a distinct global lead, and is seizing the moment when private investment in fusion energy is beginning to accelerate. The company now employs over 100 people, is expanding fast and has raised over £117m to date from investors including Dr. Hans-Peter Wild, L&G Capital and David Harding, CEO of Winton.