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.
Research and development
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.
Michelle Cowley, Research Manager at NDA, shares details from the latest NDA PhD Bursary Seminar. The purpose of the seminar is to communicate the valuable work being carried out within our University research and development portfolio and real progress in generating solutions to complex problems in the area of 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.
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.
Beth Ripper puts the spotlight on innovation at the recent NDA Estate Supply Chain Event. The Innovation Zone showcased cutting edge technology being used in UK nuclear decommissioning projects.
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.
John Clarke, NDA's CEO, gives his view on the major milestones in hazard reduction across UK’s historic nuclear sites, as outlined in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Annual Report and Accounts 2015 to 2016.
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.