The University of Birmingham has received almost £1.5 million from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to research and develop nuclear fusion technologies.
The funds will go towards the FATHOM2 project (FAbrication of Tungsten using HOt isostatic pressing and Additive Manufacturing). The aim is to scale up powder hot isostatic pressing and additive manufacturing in order to produce cooled tungsten components for fusion reactors.
“These resource-efficient technologies enable the production of complex cooling structures that are critical to the success of nuclear fusion,” explains Professor Moataz Attallah, Head of the Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory.
In addition to the University of Birmingham, Metamorphic Additive Manufacturing and Tokamak Energy are also involved in the FATHOM2 project. In total, the UKAEA is distributing £11.6 million to nine recipients through its fusion industry funding program.
“These companies have demonstrated the feasibility of their concepts in earlier phases. Now the aim is to bring the technologies to application maturity,” says UKAEA Chief Development Officer Tim Bestwick. The UKAEA is the UK’s national organization tasked with researching and developing the scientific and technical basis for a sustainable energy supply through nuclear fusion.