Sellafield Ltd would like to explore new game changing technologies and techniques which could help develop a deeper understanding of groundwater hydrology, water flow and surface and sub-surface contamination to create a 3D picture of sub-surface heterogeneity around the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS) and the wider Sellafield site.

This call for innovation is open to applicants from any sector including industries such as oil and gas, mineral mining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and water.

Sellafield are seeking a proof of concept project which could be deployed in a real environment as soon as is practicably possible.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 9th October 2020.

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The situation

MSSS is a facility on the Sellafield site that was built in the 1960s to store waste from fuel reprocessing under water.  Sellafield is in the process of decommissioning the MSSS facility and retrieving the waste so that it can be stored in a more modern facility elsewhere on the site.

As part of these decommissioning activities, Sellafield need to develop a better understanding of the geology around the MSSS building, obtain an increased resolution and understanding of ground contamination, monitoring contamination in ground water, how it is moving, its behaviour and spatial evolution.  They are seeking ideas, innovations and technologies that will deliver game-changing improvements over the current techniques used.

Funding is available for proof of concept projects which may provide a solution to all or part of this challenge.

Please download the Characterisation and Monitoring Challenge Statement for a full description of the challenge aims, current practice and the solutions Sellafield are seeking.

How to apply

If you think you can solve all or part of this challenge, please submit a funding application using our online application form.  Guidance notes are available using the help buttons in the form.

Please note that you must submit a poster as part of your application.  You can save your application form as you complete it and return to it at a later time.

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Friday 9th October 2020.

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