Scientific & Research Markets

Scientific research is constantly addressing the important challenges facing society. This advanced field uses ground breaking methods to solve technical problems and advance human knowledge, combining the resources of academic and business institutes to stimulate innovation.

Essex X-Ray work in partnership with internationally renowned organisations to facilitate projects in physical and life sciences. The pioneering work carried out at these facilities has been supported by the expertise and manufacturing capabilities of Essex X-Ray.  Our impressive portfolio of work alongside scientific research centres ranges from designing bespoke high voltage cable to building and installing neutron detectors.

UK invests in nuclear fusion

The UK Government is committing £220M to the conceptual design of a fusion power station – the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP). THE UK Government has announced £220m (US$271m) in funding for a nuclear fusion power station to be constructed by 2040, and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) will open a new £22m (US$27m) fusion research centre in South Yorkshire in 2020.

STEP builds on UKAEA’s expertise in developing so-called ‘spherical tokamaks’ – compact and efficient fusion devices that could offer an economical route to commercial fusion power. The new MAST Upgrade spherical tokamak experiment is due to start operations at The UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire early in 2020. Its work will play a key role in the STEP design.

The Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme aims to construct a nuclear fusion powerplant by 2040. The design is expected to be completed by UKAEA and partners by 2024.


Essex X-Ray has supplied HV technologies for the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor (ITER) which is under construction in France. ITER’s First Plasma is scheduled for December 2025.

ESS Launch: The Power of Neutrons

When it begins operations in 2023, the European Spallation Source (ESS) will be the most powerful neutron source in the world. Its beams will help scientists to look deep into the fundamental structure of materials, and will be a vital resource for research into health and medicine, cultural heritage, environmental technology and much more. Essex X-Ray will support the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in the UK’s contribution to this historic project.