Britain’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has launched a $5 million competition aimed at sorting and segregating nuclear waste in the most innovative ways possible.
According to The Engineer, the NDA competition – held in conjunction with Innovate UK – has called upon companies to come up with new ideas and innovative approaches to the challenge.
These include the use of robotics, sensors, AI and autonomous systems at some of UK’s oldest nuclear sites like Sellafield.
Interested organisations can also form consortia and develop a plan to address the challenge.
“Dealing with waste is a huge ongoing challenge for us as we progress our mission to decommission nuclear sites,” notes NDA’s Head of Innovation, Sara Huntingdon.
“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.”
Talking about the competition, Derek Allen, Innovate UK’s Nuclear Innovation Lead, stated that this was a great opportunity for UK organisations to grow their business and at the same time help deal with the country’s nuclear waste in a safer, faster and cheaper way.
According to The Engineer, this is the second competition to encourage integrated innovation in nuclear decommissioning.
The first was launched in 2017 to find solutions to help decommission highly radioactive facilities at Sellafield.
In total, 15 submissions were identified in phase one as having potential, five went forward to phase two to develop their ideas further, and two winning consortia were then chosen to develop their ideas.
Applications for the latest competition are open from August 17. You can avail more details by clicking upon this link.
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