A group of four postgraduate students from the University of Bristol recently visited the Preston offices of Assystem Energy & Infrastructure Limited, as part of their group research project.
The students are all studying on the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering and are working together on a project, sponsored by EDF, on alternative methods of condition monitoring of graphite bricks within the current nuclear fleet.
Reflecting on the visit, Rachael Matthews said:
"The trip to Assystem provided valuable insights into current non-contact surface metrology techniques. Learning from Assystem's own research gave us many ideas to take forward within our project.
Seeing the work done in Assystem related to our own project, and the enthusiasm of the people there, gave our team a huge boost and underlined the importance of this very real world problem!"
Two representatives of Assystem with Bristol students Rachael Matthews, Dmitris Samaras, Julius Affleck and Matt Grozier.
Assystem is an international Engineering and Innovation Consultancy with a presence in 20 countries and nearly 12,000 employees. It is a key partner for the largest industrial groups.
Assystem’s experience began in the nuclear sector, where it has been cultivating its expertise for 50 years. Covering some of the most sophisticated and sensitive technology, Assystem’s nuclear capabilities enabled it to successfully expand into other branches of energy. Assystem now offers comprehensive solutions in power generation, from oil and gas to renewables, including solar, wind, and hydro. Assystem’s portfolio also extends to transmission and distribution activities, including services in smart grid design and development.
EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.
The company is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.
EDF Energy is a member of the South West Nuclear Hub and a key strategic partner of the University of Bristol.