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Eadon Consulting awarded funding to develop nuclear decommissioning system

posted 20 Jul 2017, 06:32 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 07:42 ]
Eadon Consulting based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, have won funding from the UK’s Innovation Agency to develop a new system for decommissioning ageing nuclear facilities. 

The company, which was founded in Sheffield 9 years ago and now employs 18 people, specialise in the design and analysis of complicated industrial machines and large moving structures. 

Eadon will now lead a consortium of companies to pioneer a faster, cheaper, cleaner and safer approach to nuclear decommissioning. The project will develop a “Versatile Decommissioning System” using laser scanning and computer based modelling to accurately plan complicated tasks, coupled with new equipment and tools specifically suited to the challenges of nuclear decommissioning.

Company Director, James Hill, said:
“As a small company of specialist engineers we are ideally placed to solve problems, our size allows us to innovate and quickly develop new ideas. This funding from the UK’s Innovation Agency unlocks our potential, allowing us to really focus on the challenges of decommissioning nuclear facilities. 

Collaborating with other small companies means that we can tap into a wealth of knowledge and experience from lots of different industries and pick out all the most useful bits. Our immediate focus in on decommissioning the nuclear site at Sellafield, but the systems we are developing have huge potential for export all over the world.”

Decommissioning the Sellafield nuclear site is a hugely onerous task with an estimated cost of £85 Billion. Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency, have funded a competition to develop new technologies which will enable faster, cheaper and safer nuclear decommissioning.

The project will start in August and run for 3 months. Work will include developing concept designs for new equipment and exploring new techniques for planning and visualisation of decommissioning tasks. On successful completion of the first phase, Innovate UK will release additional funding to develop full working prototypes and start trialling the new system.