INNOVATION IN POST OPERATIONAL CLEAN OUT

CALL FOR INNOVATION : Bring your technologies and techniques to meet the challenges of Post Operational Clean Out at Sellafield. Join us at our challenge event at the Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow - Wednesday 16 May, 2018

 

WHAT'S YOUR BIG IDEA?

Decommissioning of the Sellafield site creates challenges never encountered before and requires investment in innovative technologies, concepts and methods. Tell us about how you can meet our calls for innovation.

 

CONDITION MONITORING AND INSPECTION

Can your technologies and innovative solutions meet the waste package and storage challenges at Sellafield?

 

SMART TECHNOLOGY + DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

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

 

what's your big idea?

Decommissioning of the Sellafield site creates challenges never encountered before and requires investment in innovative technologies, concepts and methods. Tell us about how you can meet our calls for innovation.

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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.

Working in collaboration with Sellafield Ltd, we 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 Game Changers Innovation Programme 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 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.

Engaging with the Game Changers initiative has enabled our innovative technology to gain an accelerated level of interest across the Sellafield site and the funding awarded has given us confidence that there is a potential significant new market for our technology.

Bob EdenMD, Rawwater Engineering Company Ltd.

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 innovation 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

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

Ready to learn more about our challenges?

MORE INFORMATION

Condition Monitoring and Inspection

Analytical Services

Plant Characterisation

Plant Dismantling

Post Operational Clean Out (POCO)

Modelling and Knowledge Management

Waste Handling and Storage

Surveillance and Maintenance