Materials for energy generation applications are becoming more critical as society looks towards alternative means of power beyond fossil fuel-based methods. Harper has been a critical partner for thermal processing solutions for decades to companies developing new energy generation technologies, focused in the areas of nuclear power, solar energy and fuel cells.
Since 1957 when we produced our first nuclear fuel sintering furnace for General Electric, Harper has become the world’s leading provider of customized systems for reacting and sintering nuclear fuels. Harper is the preferred choice offering advancements in energy efficiency, temperature uniformity, maintenance, and safety control. Harper also offers reliable systems for fuel processing. Typical applications for nuclear fuel processing include sintering UO2 pellets for reactor fuel rods, oxidation UO2 to U3O8 for pellets and swarf, denitration, hydroflourination, and waste remediation.
As the development of energy generation materials continues to grow, Harper aims to enable companies from the lab to full commercialization, helping make their innovations a reality. We tailor our batch and continuous furnace systems to each unique application, ideal for processing in controlled and specialty atmospheric environments and at temperatures up to 3000°C. Additionally, we can work to devise a turnkey solution with our range of offerings including gas treatment and handling and fully integrated control systems.