Dallas-based engineering firm Jacobs has been awarded a contract to support the UK’s fusion energy research program.
The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has appointed the company on all lots of its new Plant Maintenance and Operational Support Services (PMOSS) framework.
Subject to competition under the framework, Jacobs’ project delivery professionals will be embedded in client teams at UKAEA, to work on some of the world’s most cutting edge research into machine design, robotics, materials science and fusion fuel.
Karen Wiemelt, Jacobs Energy Security and Technology senior vice president, said: “Assisting UKAEA to realise the enormous potential of fusion for generating safe, sustainable and low-carbon electricity delivers on our commitment to a clean energy future.
“Fusion power would be a new source of safe, non-carbon emitting and almost limitless energy, which makes this endeavour one of the keys to creating a more connected, sustainable world.”
UKAEA Chief Technology Officer, Tim Bestwick, said: “Delivering fusion energy is a quest – one of the biggest scientific and engineering challenges of them all, but the rewards will be enormous.
“Putting fusion electricity on the grid has the potential to provide ‘baseload’ power, complementing renewable and other low carbon energy sources as a share of many countries’ energy portfolios.”
The PMOSS framework focuses on key UKAEA-led programs, including the Tritium Advanced Technology (H3AT) facility, which will open at UKAEA next year, aimed at to exploring fuel storage, breeding and recovery techniques for future fusion power plants.
Jacobs’ specialists will also be available to support other UKAEA facilities, such as Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE), which tests and designs robotic and remote solutions; the Material Research Facility (MRF), which researches specialist materials that can withstand extreme conditions; and Fusion Technology Facility (FTF) at Culham and in Rotherham, which will test fusion components in realistic conditions.
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