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New grant awarded for high temperature nuclear research

A consortium led by Amec Foster Wheeler has won a £2M government funded grant for the establishment of a high-temperature facility (HTF) for nuclear industry research.

The HTF will undertake testing work on materials used in current and future nuclear reactors and will be funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

“Being chosen to lead and manage this important new facility cements our position at the forefront of the industry’s understanding about how materials inside reactors perform at high temperatures,” Amec Foster Wheeler clean energy business consultancy director Greg Willetts.

“This programme will help to re-establish the UK as a major contributor to advanced nuclear reactor technology and play an important part in fulfilling the aims of the UK government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy.”

Amec Foster Wheeler leads a consortium comprising the National Nuclear Laboratory, EDF Energy, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Urenco, the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester, the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, the Open University, and Imperial College London.

As an open access facility, the HTF will be used by organisations in the nuclear industry and by university researchers.

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