PES Scanning is to work as part of a consortium developing an innovative system for nuclear decommissioning.
The announcement from Innovate UK came as the results of the recent “Integrated Innovation for Nuclear Decommissioning” competition were announced. The competition aims to unlocking the potential of specialist engineering companies, in helping tackle the £85 Bn challenge of decommissioning the Sellafield nuclear site. Sellafield, located in Cumbria first generated power from nuclear fuels in 1956.
The consortium, led by PES Scanning’s neighbours at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), Eadon Consulting, will enable nuclear decommissioning to be conducted faster, more safely, and at reduced cost. Other consortium members are offshore engineering experts, Red Engineering; Sellafield construction experts, Westlakes Engineering; the Nuclear AMRC; and ship builder and fabricator, Cammell Laird.
Dean Gardner, principal engineer at PES Scanning understands the nature of the challenge, having previously worked at Atkins Energy, managing a fifty strong engineering team specialising in nuclear design projects.
Dean says; “The project will develop a ‘Versatile Decommissioning System’, using 3D scanning and computer based modelling to accurately plan complicated tasks, coupled with developing new equipment and tools specifically suited to the challenges of nuclear decommissioning.”
Eadon Consulting director, James Hill, adds: “As a group of specialist engineers we are ideally placed to solve problems, our size allows us to innovate and quickly develop new ideas. This funding from the UK’s Innovation Agency unlocks the potential of all consortium members, allowing us to really focus on the challenges of decommissioning nuclear facilities.”
The project will start in August and run for 3 months. Work will include developing concept designs for new equipment and exploring new techniques for planning and visualisation of decommissioning tasks. On successful completion of the first phase Innovate UK will release additional funding to develop full working prototypes and start trialling the new system.