Thursday 3 February 18:00 - 21:00

Lancaster Hall Hotel
35 Craven Terrace
W2 3EL

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State of play with fusion energy

Science & Technology

State of play with fusion energy, Dr Thomas P. Davis, Oxford Sigma

This is an in-person event, but you can also attend online by signing up here:

Doors open at 18:00 for 18:30 talk start.

Location: York Room, Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL

State of play with fusion energy

For sustainable, non-carbon dioxide emitting, long-term energy production, nuclear fusion energy is widely perceived to be the ultimate terrestrial energy source. Fusion energy is experiencing a rapid period of investment, innovation, and growth that has never been seen before. As of today, many governments are enabling and funding public fusion energy projects, such as the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) whilst private fusion companies work towards commercialising fusion energy. Private fusion companies have received approximately $6.5 billion of private funding to date, with $4.5 billion invested in 2021 alone. The industry has been gaining momentum and this decade should yield milestone results to demonstrating fusion energy as a real source of energy. However, fusion energy environmental conditions for the structural and functional materials are extreme and still unsolved. This talk will discuss the latest commercial and technical developments (and challenges) in fusion energy from the perspective of a nuclear materials scientist.

Dr Thomas P Davis is the President and Chief Technology Officer of Oxford Sigma, a R&D company that develops fusion materials technology whilst providing technical, materials, and regulatory support to the nuclear and fusion industry. In addition, Thomas is an Honorary Research Fellow at Bangor University and Officer in the Royal Naval Reserves (unit HMS PRESIDENT, London). He has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Oxford.


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