Materials joining organization TWI has been awarded a contract from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to help commercialize fusion energy in the country.

Some 18 other organisations have been contracted to develop new materials and manufacturing techniques and design innovative heating and cooling systems.

TWI reportedly has been contracted to develop cold spray additive of oxide dispersion strengthened alloys in order to improve fusion power plant availability “with novel fusion materials, technology, and manufacture”.

“In the past 12 months we have seen significant advances both in the UK and globally that demonstrate the potential for fusion energy to be a safe, low-carbon and sustainable part of the world’s future energy supply,” said Tim Bestwick, UKAEA’s CTO. “However, there are a number of significant technical challenges to address for fusion energy to realise its potential.”