Game Changers is an innovation programme designed to identify and develop cutting-edge technologies that could provide significant advances in the decommissioning of the Sellafield site.
The programme is delivered by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and FIS360, specialists in supporting innovative technologies from concept through to commercial production.
The decommissioning of Sellafield is one of the greatest scientific and engineering challenges facing the UK. Anticipated to take more than 100 years at a cost of over £120bn, decommissioning creates challenges never encountered before. Game Changers aim to find solutions to some of these challenges.
How the programme works
Game Changers, working closely with Sellafield, publish challenge statements which explain the technology needed and the reasons why. Challenge launch events offer potential solution providers the opportunity to engage directly with Sellafield experts. This contact promotes greater understanding of the technology needed and of commercial opportunities available.
Challenges are open to anyone from any sector who can offer a viable solution, from individuals and SMEs to universities and large corporate organisations. Solutions could be found in technologies already used in other sectors such as oil and gas or bio-engineering which could be developed for the nuclear arena. Ideas are submitted through a very simple application process.
Funding in two phases supports the development of ideas and concepts with feasibility and proof of concept grants available. Successful applicants are supported by the Game Changers team to ensure their ideas are best developed to meet Sellafield needs and, where possible, to optimise the chance of full implementation across the Sellafield site.
If you’d like to know more about Game Changers and current challenges, or if you have a technology you think might be useful to Sellafield, please get in touch.