New fund to help decommissioning

nda_logoAn NDA-backed scheme which helps small businesses develop decommissioning technologies has launched a partnership with Sellafield that aims to accelerate the clean-up of the site.

An NDA-backed scheme which helps small businesses develop decommissioning technologies has launched a partnership with Sellafield that aims to accelerate the clean-up of the site.

Innovus has joined forces with Sellafield Ltd to offer a fund worth £397,500 which will help develop technologies to make the decommissioning of the site quicker, cheaper and safer.

Sellafield Ltd provided the investment after a rash of applications for Innovus funding following its Nuclear Decommissioning Opportunities event in March.

Innovus, which is run by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute, helps Cumbrian businesses develop new technologies and innovations by offering financial support, technical and business advice and access to facilities.

The scheme, which is supported by Britain’s Energy Coast and the NDA, aims to establish Cumbria as a hub of technology innovation and commercial opportunity.

Adrian Davis-Johnston, programme and engagement manager at Innovus, said:

“Sellafield Ltd is looking to encourage innovative technology solutions to one of the most complicated scientific and engineering challenges in the country – the clean-up of Sellafield.

“Innovus is proud to be the proven vehicle for businesses looking to develop new technologies so they can access the funding, facilities and commercialization expertise that can make new ideas become real world solutions.

“This funding will enable businesses who have ideas for accelerating decommissioning at Sellafield to develop those opportunities in conjunction with the main customer, and given the similarities between the nuclear decommissioning challenge and the challenges faced in other industries, such as oil and gas, the opportunities for technology transfer and subsequent commercial success are overwhelming.”

Professor Neil Smart, Sellafield Ltd’s Nuclear Decommissioning Technology Development Alliance Manager, said:

“I would like to thank the team at Innovus for working with Sellafield Ltd to bring this investment fund to fruition.

“The deployment of innovative technologies at Sellafield is challenging, however businesses engaging with the rigorous process developed by Innovus will be guided through the technology development journey with Sellafield Ltd facilitating innovative technologies to be deployed at Sellafield on an accelerated basis.”

The Sellafield Ltd-sponsored Innovus Nuclear Decommissioning Technology Development Fund is open for applications. Any businesses wishing to apply can do so via the Innovus website (www.innovus.org.uk) or via email innovate@innovus.org.uk