From accident tolerant fuel to robotics, the nuclear industry is one that drives innovation. Unique settings at Sellafield and across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have forced companies to find innovative ways to tackle challenging and in some cases hazardous tasks.
Robotics for instance reduce human exposure to harmful radiation and speed up programmes of work, ultimately saving money. In the UK, small and medium sized companies across the industry have embraced the technological opportunities across the UK’s decommissioning mission.
The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) carries out research across the whole fuel cycle – from advanced fuels and reactor technology to waste management techniques and even developing new power sources for space probes from nuclear waste. NNL also has facilities able to handle the most radioactive nuclear materials on the planet.
The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) works specifically with companies to come up with innovative new methods to compete on cost, quality and delivery. Their core research and development capabilities cover machining, welding and cladding, metrology and inspection and visualisation.