Britain’s Atomic Energy Authority has awarded robotics contracts worth a total of £3 million to Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) and Wälischmiller Engineering.
The two companies will supply robotic arms for use in research into fusion energy and nuclear decommissioning.
This research project, called ‘LongOps, was launched by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in January as a collaboration with Japan.
It is intended to support the delivery of faster and safer decommissioning at the TEPCO’s Fukushima Dai-ichi site in Japan and at the Sellafield nuclear site in England.
Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) and Wälischmiller Engineering GmbH will each provide a twin-arm haptic manipulator – a form of kinaesthetic communications technology, complete with electrical and control systems.
The manipulators will also be used by UKAEA to train operators that are based at both Sellafield and Fukushima.
In addition, developments from LongOps will be applied to the upgrading, maintenance and dismantling of fusion devices, such as the Joint European Torus.