The National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics (NNUF-HR) is an EPSRC funded facility to support UK academia and industry to deliver ground-breaking, impactful research in robotics and artificial intelligence for application in extreme and challenging nuclear environments.
Credit: South West Nuclear Hub
Partners and facilities
The facility is arranged across three regional nodes with four research partners.
NNL’s facility comprises of equipment and flexible floorspace to develop, test, and demonstrate robotic solutions for the nuclear industry.
The research test rigs available at the NNL Workington Laboratory will be on an industrial scale, acting as a link between low TRL robotics research and technology progression to TRL 9. (For more information, please see the NNL page on this website).
The website listing all equipment will be launched in the Autumn. Until then, please contact the relevant facility. Contact details are listed below in the pink box:
Hot Robotics Facility availability
From September 2020RACE will offer interim capability where users can access an array of equipment either onsite or offsite. This capability will progressively increase over time in line with the entire facility being completed for April 2021.
For any inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Bristol's facilities will be available from April 2021. In the interim, a selection of equipment will be available to hire from Autumn 2020. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
University of Manchester's facilities will be available from April 2021. In the interim, a selection of equipment and the pond will be available to hire from Autumn 2020 (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
NNL's facilities will be available from April 2021. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
NNUF funded user access scheme for Hot Robotics
As a first step, please email the relevant Hot Robotics Facility for a discussion about the practical feasibility of your proposed research project:
Then, you will need to complete a simple NNUF application form. When doing so, please upload the email exchange between you and the facility's technician confirming the feasibility of your proposed research and the finalised costs.