NDA Research Manager Rick Short reflects on a two-day technical conference that brought together 100-plus industry representatives, PhD researchers, academics from the UK and overseas scientists – all committed to shedding new light on some long-standing complexities associated with nuclear decommissioning.
Joe Orrell’s company Red Engineering Ltd are exploring how their global experience in a range of industries can be applied to challenges in nuclear decommissioning. Last year, he exhibited in the innovation zone at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event, and more recently he’s been looking into bidding as part of a consortium, for a share of £3 million innovation funding available for research projects.
The funding is being made available through the Integrated Innovation in Nuclear Decommissioning competition run by the NDA and Innovate UK via a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).
Nigel Hale, from DroneOps, shares his thoughts on the recent brokering event that he joined to understand more about these questions and the potential answers. The NDA's Integrated Innovation Competition for Nuclear Decommissioning is an opportunity for companies to bid for and share £3 million of funding for projects that will address some major challenges at Sellafield.
As NDA Chairman Stephen Henwood CBE steps down, he reflects on nine years at the heart of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and its growing confidence as a national strategic body leading a vital UK programme.
Simon Tucker, Head of Information Governance, shares his views on how the new archive, Nucleus, in Caithness benefits the local community and provides a long-term solution for managing information related to nuclear decommissioning.
Chris Hope, who’s on secondment to the NDA, from Sellafield, is urging organisations to sign up tp one of four brokering events around the UK as part of a competition to distribute nuclear innovation funds totalling £3 million.
Melanie Brownridge, Head of Technology, outlines how this competition is part of NDA's ongoing commitment to seek innovation across all its sites and encourage news ways of working that are safer, faster and cheaper.
Gary Snow, Head of the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo Programme at Sellafield, explains how a simplified, ‘lead and learn’ approach has meant waste will be retrieved earlier than previously planned, costing £250m less, from the UK’s oldest nuclear waste storage facility – leading to a significant new milestone in the NDA’s draft business plan for 2017 to 2020.
Martin Grey, the NDA’s National Programme Delivery Manager Assurance, explains how an award-winning fun board game is helping Sellafield Ltd teams to understand the importance of asset management – and appreciate what it’s actually about.
Guest author Professor Kym Jarvis, managing director of a micro-business that has received NDA R&D funding for an innovative research project, shares her delight at the company’s recent success in securing further support and at personally being named the first business leader to win a prestigious national award for female entrepreneurs.
Ron Gorham, Head of Supply Chain Optimisation and SME Champion, is delighted that visitors to the recent NDA Estate Supply Chain Event again voted the day a huge success, with a 96% positive rating in a follow-up survey.