The State Of Play With Fusion


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 $6.2 billion of private funding to date. 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 updates and developments within the industry.


Dr Thomas P Davis is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Oxford Sigma, a fusion technology company that aims to provide materials technology and solutions for commercial fusion energy. He holds multiple patents and has published >10 fusion-related scientific papers. He has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Oxford and is a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.