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PU-238-coupLed dynamic power system for SpAce exploRation and beyond

Objective

For space missions both Photovoltaic (PV) cells and Radioisotope Thermoelectrical Generators (RTG), fueled by Plutonium 238 (Pu-238) are used to produce electricity to power missions. From a European point of view, this has several drawbacks, as neither Pu-238 or any RTGs are produced in Europe and RTGs are very power inefficient, with a yield often of 5% of the fuel potential. This means that large amounts of fuel, and large RTGs, are needed to power missions, which increases the payloads. PULSAR is the first step on a European path to resolve these issues and take a world leading role in powering space exploration. The PULSAR project has two overarching global ambitions. These are; • Develop, in Europe, the building blocks to establish the complete end-to-end capability to produce Pu-238 to help power existing Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG) and Radioisotope Heater Units (RHUs) from the constituent elements to module production – addressing critical & non-dependencies technology needs; • Disruptively increase the thermo-electrical conversion efficiency of dynamic Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) with an advanced Stirling engine improving the performance of the ”state-of-practice” thermoelectric materials. This will be achieved by -Performing first designs and studies for selecting targets for Pu-238 generation, examine fabrication constraints and separation options -Designing a new welding methodology for iridium encapsulation by laser welding and produce a prototype capsule. -Designing and evaluating a robust Stirling convertor for use as an RPS -Addressing the regulatory and safety framework for Pu-238 use in space travel -Performing an analysis of the market potential and its segmentation for PULSAR results PULSAR brings together a uniquely placed consortium led by TRACTEBEL, with the support of JRC, ESA and Ariane group.

Coordinator

TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING
Net EU contribution
€ 318 858,50
Address
Boulevard Simon Bolivar 34 - 36
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 318 858,50

Participants (9)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 424 705,00
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 424 705,00
STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 487 777,50
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 487 777,50
INNOVACION Y CONSULTING TECNOLOGICOSL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 101 937,00
Address
Paseo Manuel Girona 12 5-1
08034 Barcelona

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 101 937,00
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 39 772,00
Address
31 Rue Des Cosmonautes Zi Du Palays
31402 Toulouse Cedex

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Region
Occitanie Midi-Pyrénées Haute-Garonne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 39 772,00
COMMUNAUTE D' UNIVERSITES ET ETABLISSEMENTS UNIVERSITE BOURGOGNE - FRANCHE - COMTE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 226 840,00
Address
32 Avenue De L'observatoire
25000 Besancon

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Region
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Franche-Comté Doubs
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 226 840,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 93 750,00
Address
1 Rue Claude Goudimel
25000 Besancon

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Region
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Franche-Comté Doubs
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 93 750,00
ARTTIC
France
Net EU contribution
€ 67 900,00
Address
39 Rue Des Mathurins
75008 Paris

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 67 900,00
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
ARIANEGROUP SAS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 59 626,00
Address
51-61 Route De Verneuil
78130 Les Mureaux

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Yvelines
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 59 626,00