Digital technologies to support development, deployment, operation and decommissioning of Advanced Nuclear Technologies

Advanced Nuclear Skills and Innovation Campus call for proposals

On behalf of the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), Game Changers are seeking innovative approaches to overcome barriers to the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies in the nuclear sector. It is recognised that digital integration, and the technology drivers behind Industry 4.0 have so far had limited traction in the nuclear industry, whilst having revolutionised other sectors. 

We would welcome proposals that will help the nuclear industry learn adopt technologies including but not limited to the following topics:

  • Digital twins and smart sensor networks: specifically, application within a nuclear environment, role with project delivery and quality assurance, asset management maintenance and operability, standards for sharing of digital information, off-site modular manufacture, and digitalisation of design-build-operate
  • Collaboration and security of digital assets: specifically, secure sharing of information, collaboration involving sensitive data sharing. Establishing a common cross industry approach to digitisation and an exploration of blockchain and cybersecurity technologies to support the establishment of a collaborative cross-industry digital ecosystem
  • Cloud technologies and large-scale computing: specifically nationally significant digital infrastructure to support new nuclear build
  • Artificial intelligence and high-fidelity computer simulation: specifically, application of AI to nuclear safety and operations, uncertainty in numerical simulation, credibility of computer models with key stakeholders including owner operators and nuclear regulators

Find out more

This funding call is part of a short pilot of the Advanced Nuclear Skills and Innovation Campus (ANSIC), delivered by NNL on behalf of BEIS, and will provide feasibility grants of up to £25k per project.

A challenge briefing webinar took place on 21st October 2021. Catch up on the recording here:

National Nuclear Laboratory

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