NNL, Studsvik and FriGeo Sign Collaboration Agreement

nnl 200Three leading organisations in the development and application of specialist freezing technology within the nuclear industry have signed an agreement to work more closely with one another.

National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) of the UK, Studsvik UK Limited of the UK, and FriGeo AB of Sweden will work together in a number of areas of common interest.

This will include the application of specialist freezing technology on UK and US nuclear sites, along with further development of the existing freezing technology, to solve challenges including sampling, removal (dredging), and drying (de-watering) of sludges and associated wet material by means of freezing. This is anticipated to help to solve challenges including those associated with the decommissioning of legacy nuclear plant.

The three organisations will work closely to take advantage of the synergies to be found in their combined skills, capabilities and facilities to develop the application and use of this innovative freezing technology throughout UK and US markets. This Collaboration Agreement builds upon the existing relationships between the parties to formally bring the technology to market, and may be particularly relevant to the Sellafield site within the UK, along with US Department of Energy sites within the US.

The Collaboration Agreement reflects the fact that NNL, Studsvik, and FriGeo each have a great deal of technology, skills, experience, capabilities and resources which through working more closely together will help to deliver the maximum benefit from those areas of synergy to provide a truly innovative and value adding solution to their customers.

A technology demonstration day will be held at NNL’s Workington Laboratory in September of 2014, where any interested companies or individuals can come and observe the technology first hand in a controlled environment. This event will highlight the value placed on the technology by the parties, and its potential for near-term application. Anyone interested in attending should contact NNL’s Mike Edmondson at mike.j.edmondson@nnl.co.uk.

NNL’s Deputy Director for Waste Management & Decommissioning, Myrian Wood, said: “Decommissioning of nuclear facilities can be a long, costly and technically challenging process. As a result there is tremendous opportunity to bring new and innovative technology to help support this mission. We believe that this freezing technique is one such technology with a significant potential to deliver cost savings for customers across the world’s nuclear industry. NNL are looking forward to working closely with Studsvik and FriGeo to take this technology forward.”

Studsvik’s President of US Consulting, Howard Stevens, and Studsvik’s Vice President of UK Waste Management, Chris Hannon, commented that “Studsvik is excited about the opportunities that this new freezing technology will bring to the nuclear waste market. The application of this technology has potential benefits for both the UK and US. This partnership between NNL, FriGeo, and Studsvik brings together the expertise necessary to ensure that this endeavour is a success for everyone involved.”

FriGeo’s Klas Dagertun added: “This is wonderful! This collaboration is a milestone for us taking an important step into the international nuclear market. The freeze technology has a great potential for nuclear waste handling. For us it has been important to find a strategic collaboration with partners who know this market. In NNL and Studsvik we have found the perfect match. They have experience for the development of new technologies and complex waste handling system for the nuclear market.”

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