Fusion industry challenge

Could you accelerate fusion power plant design and reduce fuel requirements?

The challenge

This is a SBRI competition funded by the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The aim of this competition is to encourage innovation in the fusion industry through novel technologies and innovative uses of data. They are looking for projects that develop solutions to fusion energy challenges in two key priority areas identified by the UK Atomic Energy Authority:

  • accelerating fusion power plant design with next-generation digital tools
  • reducing fusion power plant fuel requirements with advanced production and handling technology for hydrogen isotopes

Have you got the solution? 

They are looking for a solution that is innovative but deliverable and can integrate with existing systems where necessary. They will give preference to applications which:

  • help the innovation be formally accepted for future use in a fusion plant environment, such as through obtaining relevant regulatory certificates or approvals during phase 2
  • offer innovations that consider sustainability as part of their technology development

Projects are expected to start by 1 September 2021, end by 31 March 2022 and can last up to 6 months.

How much is available? 

Organisations can apply for a share of £2 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop solutions that accelerate fusion power plant design with next-generation digital tools. It's also important to reduce fusion power plant fuel requirements with advanced production and handling technology for hydrogen isotopes.

The competition is structured in two phases. The current call for proposals is for Phase 1.

Phase 1 feasibility study R&D contracts must have total costs £50,000 to £250,000 (inc. VAT). Each project must last up to 6 months. It is anticipated that 8 Phase 1 projects will be funded.

Closing date

This competition closes at 11am BST on 30 June 2021

How to get involved

Get more details about this challenge and apply through the UK Government website.