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Hub members named NDA Innovation Competition winners

EDF and Cavendish Nuclear, members of the South West Nuclear Hub, are among 14 companies who have been awarded contracts by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to come up with innovative approaches to remotely sort and segregate radioactive waste.          The ‘Sort and Seg’ innovation competition, worth £3.9 million in total, was […]

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Research explores Electrokinetic Remediation of nuclear fission products

Two new papers, published in Applied Geochemistry and the Journal of Hazardous Materials, investigate the use of Electrokinetic Remediation (EKR) and its efficiency as an in-situ technique for remediation. This first study found that the method was effective mobilising caesium and strontium in organic-rich clay soil that simulates material found in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone […]

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New paper investigates the biological effects of tritiated water exposure

A new paper, published in the Radiation Research journal, investigates the biological effects of tritiated water exposure, in particular through inhalation into the human airway. The production and use of Tritium is expected to grow in existing fission reactors and future nuclear fusion technologies, which could lead to an increase of release of the material […]

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Radioactive Source Localisation research paper published

A new paper published in the Sensors journal, demonstrates a Projective Linear Reconstruction (PLR) algorithm that can successfully locate a series of radiological sources to within 2 cm of the true locations, using a robotic arm. This publication is a collaboration between researchers from across science and engineering disciplines at University of Bristol, with experts […]

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New research investigates simulant nuclear fuel to support decommissioning of Chernobyl

A new paper, released online this week and to be published in Materials and Design, discusses an investigation of the microstructure and mechanical behaviour of simulant “lava-like” fuel that contained materials from Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reactor unit 4.  It aimed to gain a better understanding of the mechanical, physical and chemical behaviour to inform […]

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New research develops stress corrosion cracking measurement techniques

A new paper, published today in Nature NPJ Materials Degradation, discusses the use of in -situ High Speed Atom Force Microscopy (HS-AFM) observations in combination with complementary techniques to measure in situ stress corrosion cracking. This publication has been led by Stacy Moore and colleagues from the University of Bristol’s Interface Analysis Centre, in collaboration […]

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University of Bristol and Chernobyl Institute sign MoU

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the University of Bristol and the Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants National Academy of Science of Ukraine (ISP NPP NASU) to establish a long-term cooperative relationship. This Memorandum of Understanding will allow for knowledge exchange through visits between the two organisations and cooperation on […]

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New research reveals further insight into Fukushima Daiichi material release

New paper reveals further insight into Fukushima Daiichi material release through analogues to volcanic processes. A new paper, published today in Nature Scientific Reports, provides further insights into the particulate material released into the environment following the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) in 2011. This new research builds upon that performed […]

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Response to UK Government Energy White Paper

The South West Nuclear Hub welcomes the long-awaited release of the UK Government Energy White Paper, which confirms nuclear’s role in reaching net zero targets, and creating jobs to power the post-Covid economic recovery. In particular, Advanced Modular Reactors are listed as a priority area in the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which aims to accelerate […]

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South West poised for the new dawn of fusion power

The South West of England is poised to deliver on pioneering Government-backed plans for the UK to host the world’s first fusion power plant. Nuclear South West, which unites the region’s nuclear industry, academic and public sectors to champion the South West, is confident that the area is ready to rise to the challenge of […]

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