David Kingham ASCEND

David Kingham

Executive Vice Chairman, Tokamak Energy

Dr David Kingham is Executive Vice Chairman of Tokamak Energy, a company that aims to accelerate the development of fusion. Fusion power is challenging to develop but it will be safe, clean, cost effective and rapidly deployable at scale. Tokamak Energy is developing compact, high magnetic
field, tokamaks and is building on the world leading expertise in fusion, spherical tokamaks and high field superconducting magnets in the UK.

Tokamak Energy has raised $160m of private investment, has recently received a $14m grant from UK government with further grant funding from US Dept of Energy, and has grown to over 160 employees. Tokamak Energy has announced a record breaking, 24 tesla, high temperature
superconducting magnet operating at 21K and its ST40 high field spherical tokamak is now recognised as a world leading fusion development device.

Tokamak Energy is now seeing demand for its HTS magnets for space applications. The magnets are robust, easy to cool, high field, small footprint and low power consumption. They are suitable for some designs of plasma thruster and for magnetic fusion propulsion systems such as that proposed by Fatima Ebrahimi of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Dr Kingham founded Tokamak Energy with two pioneering fusion scientists from Culham Laboratory and served as the company’s first CEO. He has a PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.

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