Friday, February 10, 2012

News: AMRC construction nears completion on AMP


BAM Construction is weeks away from the completion of a major development on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

The £20m development for the University of Sheffield includes the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, which opened in October, and the Knowledge Transfer Centre.

The Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative between the University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, and a consortium of industry partners. It will provide a focal point for the bulk of the UK civil nuclear manufacturing industry supply chain, ensuring that manufacturers in the UK have the capability and capacity required to compete for nuclear new build in the UK and globally, from skills training to research and development.

The Knowledge Transfer Centre will enable the AMRC to increase R&D activity and collaboration with regional manufacturers. It aims to increase the rate of knowledge transfer, bringing more companies into long-term collaborations with the AMRC Hub's research centres.

The two and three storey building will be used for the training of industrial experts in certification and regulations.

The advanced facility is being powered by the first Powerwind 56 turbine installed in the UK. BAM recently installed the German-manufactured wind turbine outside the research centre.

Standing 99 metres tall, it has generated 170 Mwh since it first started production in December, equivalent to the annual electricity use of 50 households.

The turbine will generate electricity to power the facility, and feed any excess to the National Grid.

Nick Howdle, project manager for BAM, said: "The turbine is the first of its kind in this country.

"Within six years it will have paid for itself and any electricity sold to the grid after that time will be pure profit.

"This turbine shows German engineering at its best and BAM is pleased to have played a part in introducing it to the UK."

As well as wind power, the facility uses ground source heat pumps with a capacity of 850kW heating and 690Kw cooling.

Nuclear AMRC website

Images: AMRC


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