Case studies

Maintaining excellence at the NFCE

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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.

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Turning up the heat to modernise facilities

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Pyroprocessing is key to ensure the UK is equipped to deliver a safe, sustainable fuel cycle of the future. AFCP infrastructure investment is modernising and expanding pyroprocessing lab ability at NNL, which Senior Technology Manager and Pyroprocessing Lead Mike Harrison sees as essential enablers to the pyro project.

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Linking multidisciplinary talent across national labs

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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.

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Connecting national laboratories to enable innovative energy research

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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.

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Quality investment for improved iodine understanding

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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.

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Securing time at the neutron time-of-flight facility

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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.

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Taking TRISO fuel to the next level

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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.

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Collaboration is at the root of success

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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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Accelerating technology scale-up to address emerging energy needs

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Through AFCP, SME C-Tech Innovation has partnered with NNL to develop advanced decontamination methods for existing infrastructure. C-Tech Innovation Technical Director Rob Bell illustrates that in supporting supply chain innovation, this work is ensuring that UK technology remains at the cutting edge of safety and design considerations.

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Supporting innovative nuclear newcomers

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AFCP is connecting clean energy innovators across the UK to unlock new opportunity. SME Lucideon is translating its novel flash sintering technology to the nuclear sector. Business Manager Tim Abbott explores how Lucideon’s innovation is expanding fuel manufacture capability in the UK.

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