Oxford Sigma presents at IAEA 2nd Workshop on Fusion Enterprises

15 Jul 2022 | News

Oxford Sigma presented its latest research at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2nd Workshop on Fusion Enterprises held in Oxford, UK, on 11 and 12 July 2022. The presentations exhibited our fusion materials development and standardisations. These were titled “Rapid Design of Radiation Tolerant Plasma Facing Components” and “Fusion Codes & Standards: ASME BPVC Section III Division 4”. Attendees of the Workshop responded with great interest and insightful questions into the materials R&D conducted at Oxford Sigma.

The research showcased the innovative work at Oxford Sigma which aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy. The first presentation provided attendees of the Workshop a glimpse of the research collaboration between Oxford Sigma and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). This collaboration is aimed at rapidly designing radiation-tough tungsten alloys with an emphasis on materials suited for nuclear fusion energy systems.

The second presentation showcased Oxford Sigma’s contributions to the ongoing development of nuclear codes and standards for fusion energy with support from Tokamak Energy Ltd. Attendees of the workshop were exposed to the inadequacy of existing nuclear codes and standards in meeting the needs for design, manufacture and construction of fusion energy devices currently under consideration for future development. The goal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (ASME BPVC) Section III Division 4 (Fusion Energy Devices) is to develop a recognized international fusion construction code and standard. The presentation discussed the latest updates on Oxford Sigma’s involvement in the development on the fusion code and standard, such as the formation of the Special Working Group for Fusion Stakeholders and the publication status of the Division 4 standard.

“The workshop demonstrated the acceleration that private fusion companies such as Oxford Sigma are undertaking in order to achieve commercialisation. The pace since the last workshop has been unprecedented, and Oxford Sigma is playing its part in the goal of creating this carbon-free energy source for our future.”

~ Jonathan Musgrove, Chief Executive Officer at Oxford Sigma.

Oxford Sigma tackles energy security and climate change by accelerating the development of fusion and advanced nuclear energy. The company’s aim is to develop innovative nuclear technology to withstand extreme environments, provide nuclear materials expertise, and advise the advanced nuclear and fusion energy industries in their quest to achieve commercialisation. Please do get in touch at [email protected]