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2016
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Amec Foster Wheeler and new facility alliance aim to set high temperature research priorities

Summary
  • International seminar to identify research and development needs for energy and other industries
  • New high temperature research facility to be used by companies and academics

Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that it is to host an international seminar for experts in high-temperature structural materials on behalf of the High Temperature Facility (HTF) Alliance.

The seminar, to be held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on 19-21 September, will help shape the direction of research and identify emergent testing requirements.

Research and development on this topic is vital to the future of the world’s energy industry because the next generation of nuclear reactors will be critically dependent on the ability to predict the performance of advanced materials at high temperatures. The knowledge gained through test programmes conducted at the HTF, being set up at Birchwood Park in Warrington, UK, will also benefit conventional power plant and other advanced concepts involving high temperature structural materials.

The HTF, funded through a £2m grant from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, will be an open access facility. Managed by Amec Foster Wheeler for use by industry and academics, it will be capable of testing materials at up to 1,000°C in novel and demanding conditions such as pressurised gas and liquid metal.

This seminar is an opportunity to share understanding of the structural material R&D challenges relevant to current high-temperature and Generation IV nuclear power plants, alongside other technologies including conventional coal and gas generation, concentrated solar and nuclear fusion.

The HTF Alliance welcomes participation from technical specialists with an interest in high-temperature materials performance and structural integrity assessments, including those in academia, national laboratories and a range of industrial sectors with an emphasis on nuclear.
Greg Willetts, Vice President for Consultancy, Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy business

Technical specialists who would like to participate, either as a speaker or a delegate, should contact hilary.drinkwater@amecfw.com for an application form before 15 June 2016.

Notes to editors

Amec Foster Wheeler (www.amecfw.com) designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors.

 

Employing around 40,000 people in more than 55 countries and with 2015 revenues of £5.5 billion, the company operates across the oil and gas industry – from production through to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products – and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets.

 

Amec Foster Wheeler offers full life-cycle services to offshore and onshore oil and gas projects (conventional and unconventional, upstream, midstream and downstream) for greenfield, brownfield and asset support projects, plus leading refining technology.

 

Amec Foster Wheeler shares are publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange and its American Depositary Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Both trade under the ticker AMFW.

 

The HTF Alliance members are Amec Foster Wheeler, EDF Energy, Imperial College London, National Nuclear Laboratory, The Open University, UK Atomic Energy Authority, University of Bristol, University of Manchester, University of Oxford and Urenco UK Ltd.

 

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