Hot Robotics Symposium celebrates UK success

An internationally leading robotics initiative that enables universities and industry to find innovative solutions to real-world challenges, celebrated its success with a Hot Robotics Symposium held across three UK regions last week .

The National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF) for Hot Robotics is a government-funded initiative that supports innovation in the nuclear industry by making state-of-the-art robotic test facilities, sensors and equipment readily available to universities and the ‘industry.

Groundbreaking and impactful research in robotics and artificial intelligence will benefit the UK’s development of fusion power as a safe, low-carbon and sustainable source of energy, in addition to adjacent sectors such as nuclear decommissioning, space and mobile applications.

Visitors to the UKAEA’s RACE (UK Atomic Energy Authority / Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) in Oxfordshire, the University of Bristol’s facilities at Fenswood Farm (North Somerset) and the National Nuclear Laboratory in Cumbria were treated to to a host of robots in action, guided tours and a packed program of speakers.

A combination of robotic manipulators, land, air and underwater vehicles as well as deployment robots, factory mock-ups and supporting infrastructure were all on display to demonstrate the scope of the program.

Nick Sykes, Operations Manager at UKAEA’s RACE, said: “The Hot Robotics Symposium has provided a fantastic opportunity for universities and industry to learn about the research taking place at each facility and to see some of the amazing amenities available. The valuable role robots play in going where humans cannot, has already been proven in power plants around the world and will be essential in making fusion energy an environmentally responsible part of the world’s energy supply.

These facilities help universities and industry develop and maintain British skills to support work in extreme and harsh environments.

Darren Potter, Manager of Plant Response Capabilities at the National Nuclear Laboratory, said: “It was a great opportunity to showcase the NNL facilities at our Workington lab, which contains industrial scale robotics and accurate replicas of installations on active plants. As the UK’s National Laboratory for Nuclear Fission, this facility provides access to our unique set of capabilities, enabling ground-breaking nuclear research and development, with a risk-free off-site opportunity for universities and the supply chain. to demonstrate new technology, giving users everything they need to explore brand new technologies and solutions.

An added benefit of Hot Robotics is to help support the development of scientists and engineers.

Chris Grovenor, Chairman of the NNUF Management Group, said, “It has been a pleasure to see the progress being made with the NNUF Hot Robotics program, and I encourage the nuclear academic community to make full use of the funding available to access these world- classroom facilities.

To learn more about NNUF Hot Robotics facilities and equipment, visit: www.hotrobotics.co.uk

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NNUF Hot Robotics is an EPSRC-funded facility to help UK universities and industry conduct groundbreaking and impactful research in robotics and artificial intelligence for applications in extreme and harsh nuclear environments.

NNUF Hot Robotics is an EPSRC-funded facility to help UK universities and industry conduct groundbreaking and impactful research in robotics and artificial intelligence for applications in extreme and harsh nuclear environments.

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