The nuclear industry’s prospects are the brightest for a generation, according to Lord Hutton, one of the country’s most prominent experts on nuclear energy policy. Lord Hutton gave a public lecture at the University of Bristol as part of the annual Colston Research Society events, where he gave a broad view of the nuclear industry and its […]
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The South West Nuclear Hub has recently celebrated the second anniversary of its doors opening and colleagues gathered in the David Smith Building to reflect on the success in addressing nuclear skills, research and innovation challenges so far. Download a copy of the infographic here Building on the success of the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre […]
On the 26th and 27th April 2018, a delegation from the University of Bristol, led by Dr Erik Lithander, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), travelled to the EDF France’s research laboratories in Saclay near Paris. A framework agreement was signed on the day by Dr Lithander and Jacques Sacreste, EDF R&D’s Vice-President for International and Partnerships, and later […]
Date: 28th February
Time: 1 - 2pm
Location: Mott Lecture Theatre, HH Wills Physics Laboratory
This lecture forms part of the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering and is open to all.
In the general context of increasing world energy demands and climate change, there is increasing pressure to develop sustainable energy technologies. Nuclear energy can contribute to this, but although light water reactor (LWR) nuclear fission is broadly considered a low-carbon energy technology, there is a need to develop breakthrough technologies now in order to prepare for the longer-term future of nuclear power.
In particular, fast neutron reactors with closed fuel cycles, of which there are several design concepts, offer the potential to reduce the levels of high level waste and also contribute to the more efficient use of uranium resources, which may be put under pressure by an expansion of the LWR fleet. Certain fast reactor concepts also have process heat applications, which may support economical hydrogen or synthetic hydrocarbon fuel production and there are also innovative systems such as the thorium fuelled molten salt and accelerator driven reactors (for transmutation of waste).
This broad class of next generation nuclear fission plant concepts are generally referred to as “Generation IV” systems or concepts. The foreseen operating conditions of the Generation IV concepts will place significant demands on their structural materials. These demands are far more stringent than those for existing nuclear plant, and there will be a requirement for design lives in excess of 60 years. The talk will focus on some of the key challenges in the forerunner designs.
An Expert Panel from academia, government and industry will consider the cyber challenges facing the civil and military nuclear sectors
Date: Wednesday 7th February
Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s Building, University Walk
Light refreshments will be served from 1730, with the panel beginning at 1800
The event will be followed by a wine & networking reception
Non-UK PONI members: https://nuclearcybersecurity.eventbrite.co.uk
The South West Nuclear Hub is hosting this UK PONI event that will consider the cyber challenges faced by the civil and military nuclear sectors.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) 2016-2021 highlighted the potential risks that advanced state cyber programmes could pose to the UK’s critical national infrastructure, and the decreasing rarity of the use of offensive cyber tools for disruption and destruction. At the same time, the UK’s future energy security depends on a revitalised nuclear sector with significant involvement from China, a state widely assessed to be pursuing exactly those capabilities about which the NCSS is concerned.
Taken together with the increased public attention that will likely be paid to the safety, security and reliability of nuclear weapons later in this parliament, as the UK makes its decision on a future nuclear warhead, this motivates a reality check on the threat picture and the different sectoral responses to it.
UK PONI and the South West Nuclear Hub at the University of Bristol will co-host an evening panel on this subject, drawing on speakers from academia, government and industry to outline the reality and future of the threat, and what the UK is – and should be – doing about it.
- Dr Kris Stoddart - Aberystwyth University
- Lewis Vince - MASS
- Ewan Lawson - Royal United Services Institute
Other speakers will be added when confirmed
- Introduction from the South West Nuclear Hub
- Ewan Lawson - state threat capabilities
- Lewis Vince - cyber risks from a practitioner perspective
- Kris Stoddart - issues and responses for military nuclear complexes
UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI)
The UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) is a cross-generational network of over 1000 active members, run by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) which encourages young scholars and professionals to engage with established experts on contemporary nuclear issues, and aims to foster the next generation of nuclear experts. Each year, UK PONI invites emerging experts to present their research and ideas to established members of the UK nuclear community at its Annual Conference, and convenes a bilateral conference together with US counterparts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Throughout the year UK PONI hosts a series of evening seminars across the UK addressing a range of civil and military nuclear issues. It also runs a blog, Nuclear Reactions, which serves as a platform for our members to comment on current civil and military nuclear issues, share insights from their research, and put forward their own arguments.
The membership of UK PONI is drawn from government, the military, academia and industry; it is free of charge and open to anyone interested in, working on, or studying issues related to nuclear weapons or nuclear energy. For more information please visit the project website.
The following link gives information and maps on how to get to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/maps/directions/
February 2018: New Research Projects Starting Soon in the Solid Mechanics Research Group The University of Bristol Solid Mechanics Research Group (SMRG) will soon begin work on two major nuclear energy research projects: MAINTAiN, Multi-scAle INTegrity assessment for Advanced high-temperature Nuclear systems, funded by EPSRC. SMRG will lead this project, working with Universities of Oxford, […]
IMechE Portsmouth & Isle of Wight AGM & Technical Lecture: Britain's New Nuclear programme - How Green an alternative?
This is an externally-hosted event by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Portsmouth and Isle of Wight branch.
- Venue: University of Portsmouth, Portland Building Room 0.41
- Time: 6-8.30pm
- Date: 31st January
Speakers from the University of Bristol
Jamie Townes, Industry Engagement Manager at the South West Nuclear Hub, will general overview of nuclear in the UK, how we got here and where we might be going.
Dr Rob Malkin, Senior Research Associate in Non-destructive Defect Characterisation, has been working on using acoustics and robots to investigate the internal conditions of the 3 nuclear reactors which suffered a meltdown in Fukushima in 2011. His talk will cover the background to the accident, the evolution of the meltdown and the current situation in Fukushima and Japan’s relationship with nuclear power.
Light refreshments will be served on the evening.
Please find a link to the University of Portsmouth Campus Map to assist in locating the Portland Building. Please note that there is a public carpark beside the Portland building, and others beside the Dennis Sciama Building and Milldam behind the Registry Office (£2 charge) or free on-street parking on Burnaby Street (short walk away).
Even though is a free to attend event, please book tickets here on Near You:
Any queries please contact Jason Crouch: PortIOWChair@imechenearyou.org
Diamonds are Forever - Nuclear Seminar Series
Date: Wednesday 15th November
Location: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s School of Engineering, University of Bristol, BS8 1TR
Speaker: Professor Tom Scott
Could your phone battery last 5730 years?
A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have developed a new technology that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered diamond battery. The development could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life.
In this talk organised by the South West Nuclear Hub in conjunction with the Nuclear Institute, Professor Tom Scott will explain how the diamond battery technology has been developed and explore some of its potential applications.
Read more from the original press release here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2016/november/diamond-power.html
Refreshments will be provided from 18:00.
Attendance is free but please register on the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nuclear-seminar-series-diamonds-are-forever-tickets-38233569636
If you cannot attend the lecture in person it will be livestreamed on the Hub website.
The Nuclear South West annual conference took place on the 20th and 21st September 2017 at the Royal Marriott Hotel on College Green. This was jointly hosted by the South West Nuclear Hub and brought together large and small businesses from the region and beyond. The conference had an international theme this year and […]