Oxford Sigma’s CTO invited to speak at the University of Oxford

18 May 2022 | News

Oxford Sigma’s CTO, Dr Thomas Davis, was invited to speak at the University of Oxford’s Interdisciplinary Biosciences Doctorial Training Program (DTP) panel discussion on ‘Nuclear Power: the Climate Change Saviour?’.

Many countries around the world committed to decarbonisation targets at the COP26 summit. However, there needs to be a dramatic shift in how electricity is generated to phase out coal and other fossil fuels. One potential solution is nuclear technology, from existing fission technology that can be scaled up, to exciting new methods of power generation like fusion energy. Scaling up fission encompasses economic considerations, waste disposal issues, and security concerns, yet the nuclear industry’s target is to provide 25% of the global energy supply by 2050. Equally, other developing technologies aspire to handle fission’s weaknesses or provide world-changing alternatives, such as transmutation of nuclear waste. This seminar’s aim was to provide insight into the technical and social challenges of nuclear energy by bringing together speakers from nuclear policy, and leaders in nuclear technology.

Panel discussion underway at the University of Oxford

The panel consisted of Oxford Sigma’s CTO, Dr Thomas Davis, Franklin Servan-Schreiber, Co-Founder and CEO of Transmutex, and Dr Peter Martin, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow at University of Bristol.

“There was a resonance and dynamic synergy between the panel members which generated excitement in the room. The breadth and depth of experience that was present on the panel was clear due to the insightful questions posed by the audience.” ~ Dr Thomas Davis, President & CTO of 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.

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