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Join us for our next challenge-led innovation event at the Technology Innovation Centre, Glasgow, Wednesday 6 December.

 

INNOVATION IN ANALYTICAL SERVICES

CHALLENGE : Bring your innovative technologies and techniques to meet the challenges of Sellafield's Analytical Services Teams.

 

SMART TECHNOLOGY + DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

Applications are invited for innovations and smart technologies to support the Modelling and Knowledge Management Decommissioning Challenges.

 

what's your big idea?

Decommissioning of the Sellafield site creates challenges never encountered before and requires investment in innovative technologies, concepts and methods.

 

what's your big idea?

Decommissioning of the Sellafield site creates challenges never encountered before and requires investment in innovative technologies, concepts and methods.

 

what's your big idea?

Decommissioning of the Sellafield site creates challenges never encountered before and requires investment in innovative technologies, concepts and methods.

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The decommissioning of the Sellafield site is anticipated to take over 100 years and cost in excess of £50bn.

Decommissioning of the site creates challenges never encountered before and requires investment in innovative technologies, concepts and methods.

Innovus, working in collaboration with Sellafield Ltd, are inviting proposals for ‘Game Changers’ – new ideas and technologies which can reduce costs, reduce risk and make operations safer whilst accelerating the safe delivery of decommissioning.

Sellafield Ltd actively seek to engage businesses, academia and individuals who can bring their innovative, smart technologies and digital solutions into the nuclear arena and help accelerate the decommissioning programme whilst also reducing costs and upholding our commitment to human and environmental safety.

Challenge statements in different areas of decommissioning are being prepared by NNL and Sellafield’s Integrated Innovation Teams, each covering specific areas of interest to Sellafield Ltd.

After publication of the Challenges a series of events are being hosted covering specific nuclear sector decommissioning topics.

Bringing together industry leaders and experts, key Challenges will be presented for SMEs, academia, research and development organisations to consider.

These events are open to anyone who believes they may be able to contribute to the decommissioning challenge and, either individually or in collaboration with other organisations, can help Sellafield’s decommissioning objectives.

The Game Changers programme, supported by Sellafield Ltd, is your chance to bring your ideas and technologies to the UK’s largest decommissioning cluster.

As the Sellafield site prepares for an increased intensity in decommissioning activity, so we are seeking innovative tools and technologies to be a key enabler to efficient decommissioning and waste management.

The decommissioning creates challenges never encountered before and requires investment in innovative technologies, concepts and methods.

Sellafield Ltd actively seek to engage businesses, academia and individuals who can bring their innovative, smart technologies and digital solutions into the nuclear arena and help accelerate the decommissioning programme whilst also reducing costs and upholding our commitment to human and environmental safety.

Sellafield need to innovate to reduce the cost and decrease the time required to perform decommissioning. The scope of decommissioning considered here includes dismantling of plant and equipment, size reduction and packaging of the waste arising.

Whilst the industry has been decommissioning plant for many years, the future challenge at Sellafield is significantly greater than the projects performed previously.

The projects performed to date have utilised a combination of manual and often bespoke remote decommissioning equipment and forecasts have been based on these techniques as a baseline.

Improvements in dismantling have potentially significant secondary influences on lifetime costs; improved tools and techniques can substantially reduce costs for waste treatment and geological disposal.

Sellafield has substantial costs from maintaining facilities which quicker decommissioning can reduce.
Planned decommissioning activities carry a large risk to cost and schedule due to the uncertainty of future operations. By providing robust, tested solutions, the decommissioning risk can be reduced, providing savings against the baseline plan.

The Innovus Game Changer Scheme is your chance to bring your ideas and technologies to the UK’s largest decommissioning cluster.

We appreciate that even at early concept stage, your ideas and time has a value; that’s why you will receive a £5,000 grant to articulate your idea with support and access to FIS360 and NNL expertise and staff at Sellafield.

If successful, additional Proof of Concept funding is available for further development through the Innovus Nuclear Technology Innovation Fund, also sponsored by Sellafield Ltd.

All intellectual property rights stay with the proposer: neither Sellafield Ltd. nor Innovus have any IP rights over your ideas and a non-disclosure agreement is provided, pre-signed, up front to this effect.

We want proposals which clearly articulate the innovative technology development needed to meet Sellafield’s decommissioning Challenges.

The decommissioning of Sellafield - the NDA’s number one priority programme - is one of the greatest scientific and engineering challenges facing the UK.

Adrian SimperNDA Strategy and Technology Director

Every day at Sellafield we are using world-class innovation to overcome the huge challenges on the site. Game Changers offers us a direct route to the individuals and organisations that can help us make the breakthroughs we need to successfully complete the mission.

Paul FosterManaging Director, Sellafield Ltd

The University of Manchester and NNL are very proud of the way that Innovus has taken root in Cumbria and Game Changers shows that it can have a part to play in other areas too, whilst addressing a particular sector. The key is to be adaptive, flexible and imaginative, to find that idea that changes something to make a big difference.

Anne KnottCommercial Manager, University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility

Ready to learn more about our challenges?

MORE INFORMATION

Any questions?

Need to know more? Get in touch and we’d be happy to answer any further questions.

Do I need to have experience of working in the nuclear industry or supplying to Sellafield to be eligible to apply to Game Changers?

No, we want to reach out for innovation from all sectors to bring a fresh perspective and new ways to address our most pressing challenges. We know of exciting decommissioning work happening in other sectors as well as great innovation coming out of the UK’s leading universities, all of which we’re keen to engage with.

Is there a limit on the number of applications I can submit to Innovus Game Changers?

No, you may make multiple applications to a single Challenge or multiple applications to multiple Challenges.

All your applications will be assessed independently of each other.

Are there time limits on making my applications to Innovus Game Changers?

The Game Changers is open to applicants for support at any time, although some of the challenges do have specific deadlines applied.

An application form can be downloaded from our website and submitted by email to paul.knight@nnl.co.uk

Inspiring people and organisations to innovate and grow, Innovus is a partnership between the National Nuclear Laboratory and The University of Manchester.

Since September 2014, Innovus has worked with Sellafield Ltd to support projects through proof of concept and prototype development stages.

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The National Nuclear Laboratory play a key role in the UK and global nuclear industry, reducing the cost of clean-up and decommissioning, maintaining critical skills and attracting talented new people to the industry.

Since July 2008, we’ve been providing independent advice to the UK Government and working with other National Laboratories around the world. And delivering a full range of research and technology to support the nuclear fuel cycle.

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Supporting early stage technologies from concept to commercial product, FIS360 are a small, focused and energetic company who provide support services from assessing the viability of new technology from early stage concepts and business planning to intellectual property strategy.

FIS360 have a proven track record of assessing technologies and taking them through to a commercial offering, generating funding and returning revenues.

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