Sellafield Ltd in partnership with Innovate UK, are set to launch a small business research initiative (SBRI) investing in innovative projects that will better equip and support nuclear decommissioning operators working in hazardous environments.
The decommissioning of redundant nuclear facilities is a major challenge for the nuclear industry. While every effort is made to decommission remotely, there is still a need for operators to enter hazardous environments. The aim of this competition is to enable these operators to carry out their tasks safer, quicker and more cost-effectively, while being more comfortable in their working environment.
They will be seeking disruptive solutions; so, this will be a great opportunity to bring ideas together from a wide range of sectors, from creative industries to space applications.
They will be looking for proposals that integrate technologies and will improve such things as:
- personal safety
- hazard monitoring and protection
- physiological effects
- comfort and ergonomics
- health monitoring
- reusability and minimising waste
The competition is 100% funded and will be launched in early April 2018. Information will be available shortly on the Innovate UK competitions page: https://www.gov.uk/apply-funding-innovation