The Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS) is a facility on the Sellafield site that was built in the 1960s to store nuclear waste from fuel reprocessing under water. Sellafield Ltd (SL) is in the process of decommissioning the facility and retrieving the waste so that it can be stored in a more modern facility elsewhere on the site. The challenger is seeking solutions which will support existing decommissioning activities and enable them to identify tools and techniques for the containment and mitigation of underground leaks whilst minimising the risk of potential damage to surrounding sensitive structures.
Automating Generator Pole Shoe Bolt Inspection and Tightening
The Robotics Innovation challenge competition, delivered in partnership with ORE Catapult and the Knowledge Transfer Network, is supporting GE to identify innovative solutions to innovation challenges. The generator pole shoe bolt connection on the GE Haliade-X units need to be inspected within an interval of 36 months after commissioning is complete. Companies are required to develop a semi or fully autonomous device that is capable to perform the inspection of the pole shoe connection.