27 Jul 2020
A £3.9 million competition is today being launched to find innovative ways to sort and segregate radioactive waste at some of the UK’s oldest nuclear sites.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – including Sellafield Ltd and Magnox Ltd - has teamed up with Innovate UK to call on companies to come up with new ideas and innovative approaches to the challenge.
Robotics, sensors, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems are just some of the potential technologies which could be used for the Sort and Segregate Nuclear Waste competition.
It is open to any interested organisations - they don’t have to be from a nuclear background - to form consortia and develop a plan to address the challenge. It involves work at Sellafield and several Magnox nuclear reactor sites – the UK’s first generation of nuclear reactor.
The NDA’s Head of Innovation, Sara Huntingdon, said:
"It’s been a challenging time for businesses in recent months. We hope this competition will excite organisations - inspiring them to bring forward ideas which could help transform our work in the nuclear sector. Dealing with waste is a huge ongoing challenge for us as we progress our mission to decommission nuclear sites.
We want people to be creative and help us develop new and innovative solutions. We welcome technologies from all sectors - organisations don’t have to have nuclear experience - just great ideas and a passion for turning those into a reality."