As part of the Sellafield Ltd supported and funded Innovus Game Changer initiative, a highly successful one-day event was held in Rotherham at the Nuclear AMRC facility on Tuesday 17 January, 2017.
The event was devised around one key over-arching theme: the challenge of reducing the lifetime cost of higher activity waste containers by 50%, whilst introducing an improved range of containers for transport and long-terms storage.
A broad range of innovative and specialist manufacturing organisations as well as the academic communities registered their interest in the event, with over 200 people attending.
After preliminary presentations covering the Game Changers initiative (Paul Knight, NNL, and Frank Allison, FIS360), Thinking Outside the Box (Vincent Ellis, Maddison Ltd) and the high-level challenges and constraints (Jack Hardy, Nuclear AMRC, Ciara Walsh and Professor Neil Smart, Sellafield Ltd) the delegates were divided into 5 separate working groups.
During the day, each group attended five separate presentations covering key areas of constraints for the waste containers: Dimension, Mechanical, Stacking, Handling and Durability.
A summary was delivered at the end of a very focused and engaging day, with delegates encouraged to consider making applications to the Game Changers initiative. Feedback was also gathered from the delegates which will be used to inform how future events are structured and delivered.
Follow-up activity has included posting videos of all the day’s presentation at https://vimeo.com/innovusgc/videos
The event has since generated a lot of further interest and new applications all of which, upon initial appraisal, have potential for progressing through the next stages of the Game Changers application process.
Images courtesy of Nuclear AMRC