A 10 year old commercial fusion reactor still in operation.
Enabling Fusion Energy
On the path toward fusion power production, there remain a number of technical hurdles beyond energy breakeven. The following represents the largest challenges to address:
Improving our database of knowledge relating to particle interactions and materials damage experienced within an operating fusion reactor.
Understanding how to best manage, shield, and harness the unique radiation produced around a power reactor.
Designing tritium breeder blankets to enable the regeneration of tritium fuel burnt up in the reactor: AKA a tritium breeding ratio (TBR) > 1.
Calibrating all of the ancillary instrumentation surrounding a reactor in advance of reactor operation.
To meet these tasks, the fusion industry requires testbeds that provide an analogue to the environment experienced in and around a functioning power reactor.
Our reliable and high-performance fusion reactor technology provides exactly this. From calibrating diagnostic equipment to shielding material testing, our compact systems provide a tunable and versatile platform for experimentation and high-quality data generation.
Due to the ultra-compact and modular nature of our systems, we are able to design fusion research facilities built around an array of Astral reactors to maximize neutron flux within a focused volume.
Through partnerships with organisations such as the UKAEA, Astral has already provided valuable data using its reactor technologies that will accelerate the development of fusion power.