Managing and decommissioning nuclear plants presents a range of unique challenges, from the special hazards of radioactivity to the strict regulatory environment. Emerging techniques in robotics, sensing and imaging have huge potential to save lifetime costs, improve safety, and accelerate clean up; yet the adoption of these technologies is hampered by a range of non-technological obstacles, ranging from safety-case challenges, through short-term financial planning horizons, and market fragmentation. Createc specialises in helping its customers solve the technical and human challenges together, vastly increasing the chances of success for nuclear innovators.
This project demonstrates an end-to-end solution for nuclear decommissioning. Over 2 years we developed a modular robotics decommissioning system in which a toolkit of robotics modules can be controlled through a single interface and reconfigured to solve many decommissioning challenges.