Could your technology protect nuclear decommissioning operators?
There is up to ¬£850,000 of funding available from Sellafield Limited working in partnership with Innovate UK via a small business research initiative.
There is up to ¬£850,000 of funding available from Sellafield Limited working in partnership with Innovate UK via a small business research initiative (SBRI) investing in innovative projects that will better equip and support nuclear decommissioning operators working in hazardous environments.
The decommissioning of redundant nuclear facilities is a major challenge for the nuclear industry. While every effort is made to decommission remotely, there is still a need for operators to enter hazardous environments. The aim of this competition is to enable these operators to carry out their tasks safer, quicker and more cost-effectively, while being more comfortable in their working environment.
In conjunction with this competitions KTN will be hosting a series of briefing events. Where we will be seeking disruptive solutions; so this will be a great opportunity to bring ideas together from a wide range of sectors, from creative industries to space applications.
We will be looking for proposals that integrate technologies and will improve such things as:
- personal safety
- hazard monitoring and protection
- physiological effects
- comfort and ergonomics
- health monitoring
- reusability and minimising waste
We are particularly encouraging applications that:
- bring together organisations from outside the nuclear sector that can create unique solutions to the challenge
- are multi-disciplinary and involve technology transfer
- adopt a systems based approach to solving the challenge
- provide solutions that are adaptable, scalable and useable in a range of facilities and environments.
To be in scope your innovation needs to achieve more than one of the following objectives that will lead to safer, faster, and cheaper solutions:
- Optimise activities to reduce the time and complexity of tasks before entering a radioactive area such as hazard identification and location and task scheduling.
- Protect the operator from the radiological and conventional hazards present, like exposure to radiation and contamination, physical injury and heat stress (for more detail, see the tender document).
- Improve the working experience and productivity of the operator by providing such things as:
– enhancement of senses like hearing, touch and vision
– improved communications
– more comfortable operating conditions such as temperature and humidity
– greater capability (strength, dexterity, flexibility)
– reduced risk to environmental hazards, both nuclear and conventional
– better real-time information to the operator and supervisor such as environment, task progress and operator health
- Provide a solution that reduces waste through either better disposal, packaging, reuse or recycling.
- Minimise the amount of time and effort required from support teams.
To find out more about this funding opportunity and find potential collaborators register for one of the¬†SBRI: Protecting Nuclear Decommissioning Operators Brokerage Events where we will be seeking to bring solutions together from a wide range of sectors, from¬†creative¬†industries¬†to¬†space¬†applications.