What is Hot Robotics?
The National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics (NNUF-HR) is a new facility, which consists of four partners each offering equipment and test spaces: The University of Manchester, National Nuclear Laboratory, University of Bristol and UK Atomic Energy Authority. The University of Manchester is moving their NNUF-HR equipment to RAICo One in Whitehaven, Cumbria. RAICo One is a collaborative facility that has been set up as a partnership between The University of Manchester, UKAEA, NNL and Sellafield Ltd that will allow researchers from academia to work directly with robotics experts from industry.
What does the facility do?
Hire out robotics and test spaces to academics, SMEs and industry for use in nuclear research. The University of Manchester’s main capabilities are UAVs, manipulator arms, ground vehicles, remotely operated vehicles, and detector systems for field surveying. All the equipment and facilities are listed here: hotrobotics.co.uk
Why does it exist?
Robotics are used as a safe way to sort nuclear waste and navigate extreme ‘hot’ environments. Hiring robots, instead of purchasing them, is a low cost, low risk way to test ideas and develop solutions for nuclear research scenarios.
How can you book out the kit?
Visit University of Manchester – Hot Robotics to browse our equipment. We will deliver the kit to you, or you can pick it up. For any questions or book space on site, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calls for access
There is a fund for nuclear related research projects called the Access Scheme Fund. Applications for projects up to £5K can be submitted at any time, and applications for project over £5k are considered in rounds (every 3 months).
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