Through proactivity, pivoting and partnership, AFCP’s Advanced Solvent and Effluent Treatment project went for silver but struck gold. Luke O’Brien, Laboratory Fellow at National Nuclear Laboratory and Technical Lead on the project, discusses the team’s new technology for recycling used fuels more sustainably.
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.
Pyro-processing and processing of pyro waste are key to ensure the UK is best equipped to deliver a sustainable fuel cycle of the future. AFCP infrastructure investment is modernising and expanding pyro lab ability at the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), which Senior Technology Manager and Pyro Waste Technical Lead Mike Harrison sees as an essential enabler to our two pyro projects.
With scientific skills and unique facilities that will underpin the UK’s clean energy transition, Britain’s world-class national laboratories are working together through AFCP. Andy Duncan, Account Manager at the National Physical Laboratory, details the joint ambition across national labs to continue innovation into 2050 and beyond.
Collaborating across the UK’s national laboratory network, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is leveraging key infrastructure to support AFCP. Patrick Regan, Professor of Nuclear Metrology and NPL Fellow, shares how working with NNL unites cross-UK scientific expertise.
AFCP’s Off-gas Capture project is key to ensure that environmental protection remains at the centre of future fuel deployment. Infrastructure investment at NNL and the University of Leeds is ensuring that the UK maintains the right skills and facilities to address the off-gas iodine challenge.
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.
Through AFCP, SME C-Tech Innovation has partnered with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) to develop advanced decontamination methods for existing infrastructure. C-Tech Innovation Technical Director Rob Bell illustrates how in supporting supply chain innovation, this work is ensuring that UK technology remains at the cutting edge of safety and design considerations.
Net Zero is mobilising businesses to centre sustainability at the forefront of advanced fuel concepts. Sebastian Lawson, Research Manager at SME GeoRoc Ltd, explains how the company is developing innovative treatment solutions to ensure the future fuel cycle remains environmentally conscious.
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