News from the British Cryogenic Cluster:
Cluster Day CCD7 is Done
October 2016

Dear <<First Name>>,

Cluster Day Seven saw around 120 participants gather at Rutherford Appleton Lab on September 20.  Presentations, exhibitor links, pictures and posters are available on the Cluster Day Website.  Andrea Raccanelli led a strong European contingent, representing International Cluster Member Cryovac Germany in addition to his role as Secretary of the Cryogenics Society of Europe.

Cluster Day

The first talk, on Rutherford Cable, by inventor Martin Wilson, was matched by Jerome Fleiter from CERN – explaining they had 7500km of it !  Peter Iredale presented Rutherford Cooler technology being licensed to Hymatic.  Agnieszka Piotrowska made a convincing case for the Wroclaw type of Cryotherapy Chamber (used by Leicester City !)  Professor Machin (NPL) spoke on implementing the new kelvin and Professor Freer (Birmingham) on Doing Cold Smarter.  Go to the Cluster Day website for more details and links to all the wonderful Exhibitors who supported the event !

Happy Reading from Team BCryo


New Members

Welcome to Noblegen Cryogenics from Gateshead, with a range of on-site liquid nitrogen generators as an alternative to bulk gas and liquid delivery.

Close to Oxford, we are also joined by Polar Technology Management Group, which includes SS Tube Technology and Lentus Composites.
And we are delighted to welcome Cambridge to join our other University Members.  More on all Members on the BCC website.

Cluster Member News

Cluster Member Dearman wins share of funding from Advanced Propulsion Centre.  More from APC here.  Meanwhile, CEO Toby Peters has an interesting post on Clean Cold in Agri-Tech on LinkedIn.
In Oxford Instruments’ application notes on their Cryofree® OptistatDry, one on photolysis of vitamin B12, measuring absorbance spectra - samples can only be cooled in an exchange-gas environment.
DOTmed report on a partnership between Sumitomo Cryogenics and BC Technical to increase longevity of MR coldheads while reducing cryogen consumption.
Bestobell Valves now has Korean Register of Shipping [KR] Approval for its cryogenic valves.  And here are cryogenic valves from Cluster Member, and Cluster Day Exhibitor, Tamo.
Cluster Member Cryoconnect supplied the harnesses for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope via prime contractor Northrop Grumman – now integrated onto the platform ready for thermal Pathfinder test in the famous vacuum test chamber at Johnson Space Center (Webb Update).
Air Products pricing in North America saw increases from October 1 up to 20% on liquid argon, 15% on oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen and 10% on helium and CO2.  Go to for the other 90+ Corporate Members.

News in LNG & LEG

Air Liquide is supplying turbo-brayton cryocoolers to liquefy boil-off gas on Samsung LNG Carriers.
‘Game-changer for British industry’ – INEOS brings US ethane from shale gas to the UK.  The full story is here.
Shell is considering roll-out of its Sensabot robot, bringing artificial intelligence to LNG terminals.

News in Science & Healthcare

ITERITER Cryoplant coming together.  ITER explain how they use five tonnes of silver in the thermal shield encasing the magnet system.  And they describe the delicate hand-drilling operation to product helium penetrations for the poloidal field coils. And here is Making the ITER PF1 Coil in Russia (4 minutes on YouTube.)
Quantum sensors using atom interferometry to measure the free fall of cold atoms provide accurate gravitational data, and yield magnetic data which could have a role in mineral prospecting.

MagnetAir Liquide supplied the Cryogenics for a hybrid magnet at the CNRS National Laboratory for Intense Magnetic Fields in Grenoble.

Companies interested in welcoming CERN fellows may want to apply to the COFUND Scheme.

Astronomers analysing Planck mission data have revised some thinking by 150 million years ...
ISOBAR Refrigerator
William Broadway wins Dyson Award for his ISOBAR refrigerator to cool vaccines for remote regions.

Here’s a short video showing the role synchrotrons play in research into Superconductors.

DOTmed report University of Southern California installing MR Solutions’ cryogen-free 7T PET/MR.

attocube recently installed a cryogenic confocal microscope at the University of Konstanz.

Cryo Biz

Preliminary merger talks between Linde and Praxair were terminated

Nigel Keene gave his last AGM statement after 17 years as Oxford Instruments’ Chairman, handing over to Alan Thomson.
Enterprise Europe Network identified a French manufacturer of high performance engineered plastics seeking distribution.

Training, Events & Education

Birmingham October 19 – Prof Toby Peters spoke on 'The Cold Economy' – or the value of storing an absence of energy.
Oxford Instruments is Bringing the Nanoworld Together in Bangalore on November 22–23.

Cluster Members Wessington Cryogenics & Gas Safe Consultants have teamed up on safety training.  Gas Safe is about to undertake Cryogenic Training at a Biostore facility in Qatar.

Keynote and plenary presentations from the IoR Gustav Lorentzen Conference in Edinburgh are here.
You can subscribe here for updates on ICEC27-ICMC 2018 taking place in Oxford from September 3–7 2018.

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