Innovation/savings

Getting into the business of robotics for nuclear decommissioning

UK Robotics Week

This is “UK Robotics Week”. NDA’s Head of Supply Chain Optimisation, Ron Gorham, focuses on the business opportunities for developing robotics in nuclear decommissioning. He encourages businesses, large and small, from different sectors to consider how they might grasp opportunities in the nuclear industry.

Learning from experience helps shift radioactive waste at Hunterston A site in Scotland

Hunterston Bunker 4 and 5 from Bunker 5 entrance

Stuart Blair, Higher Activity Waste Production Manager at Magnox Ltd, describes how lessons learned have meant that the second of Hunterston’s five concrete waste bunkers has now been successfully emptied of its hazardous contents – using 23 less containers than the first bunker clearance, and completing 6 weeks ahead of schedule.

Successful radioactive waste retrieval from underground chambers at Berkeley site in Gloucestershire

Inside the Fuel Element Debris (FED) vault at Berkeley nuclear site in Gloucestershire

Paul Oswald, Site Delivery Manager at Magnox Ltd, describes how, 50 years after its accumulation and a number of failed attempts to retrieve it, a uniquely complex range of mixed waste is finally being retrieved from the vaults where it was kept. Find out more about the work to ensure safe storage of this radioactive waste.

Seeking innovative ideas to improve the way we decommission nuclear sites

Wearable technology demonstrated at Technology in Action Supply Chain Event February 2016

Darrell Morris, NDA's Technical Assurance Manager, explains why innovation is so important for nuclear decommissioning. He encourages UK businesses to consider how their techniques and technology might address some of the challenges faced in our mission to decommission the UK's nuclear legacy.

Web chat considers issues related to UK nuclear decommissioning

Web chat

Bill Hamilton, Head of Stakeholder Relations, reports on recent web chats with those interested in NDA’s draft strategy for consultation. He suggests that anyone interested in what questions other people ask, can read the transcripts online.

Researchers share knowledge on how they are developing solutions for nuclear decommissioning challenges

PhD Research Seminar for NDA-Sponsored PhD

Rick Short, Research Manager, reports on a recent seminar where NDA-funded PhD students presented their work to their academic peers, technical leads from the NDA’s estate and industry representatives. He outlines the value of their research for the NDA and how the event helped them see where they could make a difference.