Frazer-Nash announced that it has been awarded a role on the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA’s) Tritium Engineering Framework to support the commercial development of fusion power.

The Tritium Engineering Framework has been set up to allow UKAEA to access the UK industry’s knowledge of tritium and tritium engineering.

Framework participants will be using their skills to support the concept design of the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion reactor, a programme that aims to deliver a prototype fusion energy plant and demonstrate the commercial viability of this method of power generation. 

Frazer-Nash’s Tritium Engineering Framework Manager, Scott Davis, said: 

“Understanding how to contain and manage tritium will be essential in the development of fusion, enabling fusion power to be a source of clean energy for the UK’s future energy systems. Frazer-Nash will be bringing its technical expertise to help increase this understanding across all five of the framework areas: fuel cycle; in-vessel components; power infrastructure; materials capability; and life cycle. 

“Our approach involves a collaborative model, drawing upon a broad spectrum of organisations across the nuclear supply chain, each of which will bring their own specialist set of skills and capabilities. This collaborative group includes Tokamak Energy, Oxford Sigma, University of Lancaster, University of Birmingham, Cavendish Nuclear and Rolls-Royce.

“We’re looking forward to using our expertise and capabilities to enable UKAEA to achieve its goal – viable and commercially attractive fusion power in our lifetimes.”

Participants in the framework will help support concept design for STEP (Photo credit: UKAEA)