In Europe, the development of boilers and steam turbines for operation above 700°C is part of the EU-supported AD700 project. This collaborative effort includes major European power plant manufacturers, utilities, and research institutes. The project began in 1998 and was extended to 2003, with a second phase running from 2002 to 2005, potentially extending further for long-term creep tests. The goal is to develop the necessary technology for constructing and operating such plants. This paper outlines the development of high-temperature materials crucial for the AD700 project. It covers factors influencing alloy design and selection, the scope and results of investigations on candidate alloys, and the ongoing program for full-scale prototype component manufacturing. These prototypes undergo extensive long-term testing. Additionally, the development of joining procedures for these materials is discussed.

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