Organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million to integrate and demonstrate innovative technologies for nuclear decommissioning
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to £1.5m
Opens: 30th Jan 2017
Closes: 26th Apr 2017
The aim of this competition is to stimulate innovation in and reduce the cost of nuclear decommissioning. Projects should produce a step change in the decommissioning or dismantling process and address the following objectives:
Innovate UK are looking to fund projects that integrate technologies into a single platform, or a small number of platforms. These should be able to demonstrate multiple tasks in the decommissioning process with minimum human intervention. Projects should achieve this in a non-active environment by the end of September 2019.
The proposed platform must be able to demonstrate, at different scales, as many of the following tasks as possible:
Innovate UK are also keen to see technology transfer from other sectors. In particular, exploitation in advances in robotics in combination with other innovative technologies. Examples of technologies that may work together include, but are not limited to:
Projects are expected to produce a representative demonstration of integrated capabilities. The layout and hardware used in the demonstration should be representative of a nuclear decommissioning scenario. The capabilities demonstrated should be able to manage some or all of the following variables and constraints:
The aim is to be able to transfer the technology to an active site at Sellafield within 1 year of successful phase 2 project completion.
Innovate UK are also particularly interested in demonstrators that could be transferable to other sectors operating in hazardous environments.
Funding and project details
Funding or this competition is divided across 2 phases:
Please note in the phase 1 proposal, you should provide a plan and details of your goals for phase 2. You should also include plans for full commercialisation.
Phase 2 is only open to applicants that have successfully completed phase 1. Innovate UK will take the most promising projects from phase 1 into phase 2, subject to independent assessment and budget limitations.
In phase 2, you will: