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Nuclear waste could be recycled for diamond battery power

Work has begun at Berkeley power station in Gloucestershire to remove radioactive waste products from the site as part of its decommissioning programme.  To try and reduce the time and cost of this operation, a team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol hope to recycle material from the irradiated graphite to generate […]

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Bristol Professor awarded JSPS Fellowship

Professor Philip Thomas of the University of Bristol has been awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) International Fellowship. The JSPS provides fellowship programmes for overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan. The programmes are intended to […]

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Framatome prize for Bristol-Oxford Centre Member

Professor Sergio Lozano-Perez from the University of Oxford has been awarded the first Framatome Excellence in Reactor Science award in recognition of his significant contributions to nuclear science and research. Minister Counsellor François Revardeaux joined Framatome executives in presenting the award during a ceremony at the French Embassy in London. Find out more about #carbonneutrality […]

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Bristol spin-out to develop longlife sensors for Sellafield

Electronics experts Sensor Driven, a University of Bristol spin-out company has received Game Changers funding to demonstrate how the technology could be useful in nuclear waste stores at Sellafield. Traditional sensors constantly use battery power, regularly sleeping, waking and measuring when often there is nothing of interest to measure. This typically limits battery lifetime to […]

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Hub members win funding for new National Nuclear User Facilities

Several members of the South West Nuclear Hub have been awarded significant funding for four National Nuclear User Facility bids covering robotics, microscopy, radiochemistry and materials research. The National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF) was launched when HM Government’s announced its Nuclear Industrial Strategy in 2013. The aim of the NNUF is to provide the UK […]

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Fatal flaws in UK Government’s price of a life

The measurement by which the UK Government attaches a monetary value to saving a human life is invalid and should be overhauled, according to Professor of Risk Management at the University of Bristol, Philip Thomas. In a new paper, published in the journal Measurement, Professor Thomas argues the UK Value of a Prevented Fatality or VPF is […]

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Nuclear industry jobs continue to increase in South West

The Nuclear Industry Association has published its annual jobs map of the UK for 2019, that shows nearly 60,000 people are employed in the civil nuclear sector across the UK, equivalent to the aerospace manufacturing industry. The South West is noted as an employment hotspot for the industry, primarily due to new build activity at […]

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Hub Members shortlisted for The Engineer awards

Hub members the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) has been shortlisted for a The Engineer Collaborate to Innovate award. This is for their Nuclear Innovation Programme projects SIMPLE and InFORM. These are collaborations between: Nuclear AMRC, University of Sheffield Physics Dept, University of Strathclyde, TWI, Peak NDT, Sheffield Forgemasters, Metlase, Cambridge Vacuum Engineering. InFORM […]

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