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Sellafield launches robot challenges

02 October 2019

Remote working at height, moving special nuclear materials, and inspecting packages are three challenges that Sellafield Ltd is looking to robots to help with.

People from across Sellafield and the supply chain gathered at a robotics and innovation event in West Cumbria to hear how the development and innovative use of technology is key to the clean-up of Sellafield. Working alongside the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear hub, one of four robotics hubs in the UK, Sellafield Ltd is developing, testing and deploying new robotics systems fit for nuclear environments.

This investment is already making a difference at Sellafield, including robotic systems that are:

  • cleaning the walls of one of our legacy nuclear storage ponds
  • continuously inspecting defined areas for radioactive contamination from a fixed source
  • extending radiological and contamination detection to reach restricted or hard to enter places of the site

There are also plenty of opportunities for the supply chain to bring their innovations to Sellafield.

Three specific opportunities were launched at the robotics event:

  • Deployment techniques to allow remote working at height in high hazardous areas
  • Autonomous removal of Special Nuclear Material packages from a store to a transport container for export
  • Remote inspection of Special Nuclear Material packages

More information on the challenges can be found on the Game Changers website.

Dr Frank Allison from Game Changers said: "The event highlighted the ways in which robotics and artificial intelligence can be used within Sellafield to support decommissioning. There were exhibitions of cutting-edge robotic technology and three new exciting challenges are now open for the supply chain to find solutions to.

"It brought together people from a wide variety of organisations and industries and we’re looking forward to nurturing new relationships and paving the way for some really innovative thinking."