Sellafield Ltd are seeking ideas, innovations and technologies that will deliver game changing improvements over the current techniques used for characterisation of landfill, land-raise, trenches and disposal areas across the Sellafield site.

Current characterisation regimes produce satisfactory information for permit compliance monitoring. However, to meet a defined remediation end state, more detailed information is required about the contents of the landfill and trenches. In particular, Sellafield would like to determine whether the disposal sites contain any discrete objects and whether actinides and their daughters are present.

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 capable of deployment in a real environment as soon as practicably possible.

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

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The situation

The Sellafield site has a number of legacy waste disposal facilities such as landfill, land-raise, tips and trenches which typically contain rubble, excavation works and demolition materials. To achieve the desired end state, Sellafield needs to demonstrate that these areas do not pose a radioactive hazard, can remain undisturbed and don’t have to be re-sentenced for alternative disposal.

Sellafield would like to characterise and map these legacy disposal areas to confirm there is no radioactive material present. If the characterisation and mapping activities do detect the presence of radioactive material it will enable Sellafield to determine a suitable waste retrieval, repackaging and resentencing route for the contents of the disposal facilities.

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

Please download the Landfill Characterisation 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 on Friday 9th October 2020.