As the need for nuclear energy expands to meet Net Zero, so does the need to manage stored nuclear materials. However, this also raises an opportunity to do things differently. AFCP’s Advanced Solvent and Effluent Treatment team is exploring novel decontamination materials that are both sustainably sourced and industry optimised. Antony Nearchou, Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, discusses how sharing strengths has enabled this impactful innovation.
Cross-country research raises many challenges, all of which have been amplified through COVID-19. However, through ongoing engagement and sharing of strengths, AFCP’s pyro-processing teams at NNL, the University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh found a silver lining. Colin Clarke, Senior Research Technologist at NNL, comments.
The Nuclear Fuel Centre of Excellence (NFCE) unifies top UK talent to resolve national clean energy security and establish a high-value nuclear economy. Rob Harrison, Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, explains how AFCP is strengthening the NFCE framework through skill retention, infrastructure investment and supply chain collaboration.
The University of Manchester’s involvement with the CERN neutron time-of-flight (n_TOF) facility is lending key nuclear data insight to AFCP. Toby Wright, PDRA at the University of Manchester, explains how increased involvement with the facility is expanding UK physics expertise.
As the world-leading centre for advanced materials research and commercialisation, the Henry Royce Institute provides integral insight for UK advanced nuclear deployment. Joel Turner, Dalton Nuclear Fellow at the University of Manchester, explains how AFCP infrastructure investment complements the institute’s ultramodern facilities to help steer the direction of domestic fuel manufacture.
AFCP is connecting expertise across the nation. Paul Bingham, Professor of Glasses and Ceramics at Sheffield Hallam University, summarises how collaboration with NNL and the University of Sheffield is enabling the university to grow their current capabilities.
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