Aker Solutions is a leading global provider of engineering and construction services in the energy sector, not typically recognized as a reactor vendor.
However, based on the potential acquisition of a thorium mine, the company investigated the optimum use of thorium. Victoria says:
"This led to a fruitful collaboration with Nobel Laureate Professor Carlo Rubbia, originator of the Energy Amplifier, in the development of the Accelerator Driven Thorium Reactor (ADTR™) power station."
Much has been published about the Energy Amplifier concept and accelerator driven systems (ADS). However the physics adopted by ADS’s means the accelerator is large, potentially beyond what could be achieved as a reliable industrial unit.
Hence, Aker Solutions commissioned a feasibility study to develop the physics, engineering and business model for a commercial 600MW(e) ADTR™ power station based on a sub-critical, thorium fuelled, lead cooled, fast reactor with a proton accelerator of proven design.
Victoria Ashley is a chartered chemical engineer, with more than 15 years experience in the nuclear industry. While at BNFL she had various team and project management roles, particularly in modelling and simulation. Victoria is currently Project Manager for the ADTR™ power station development project at Aker Solutions.
Victoria Ashley will be presenting the ADTR™ at ThEC2010.
The ADTR™ power station by Aker Solutions