Friday, March 30, 2012

News: Nuclear AMRC awarded £4m for manufacturing research


A joint project between the universities of Sheffield and Manchester for a New Nuclear Build and Manufacturing (NNUMAN) programme has been awarded £4m of funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to research innovative manufacturing for the future of the UK's nuclear power supply.

The proposal centres on promoting research and development and significant work on the fundamentals of manufacturing for new nuclear new build and the next generation of power stations.

The most improved manufacturing processes developed in NNUMAN will be taken forward to prototype in the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) in Rotherham and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) to enable UK manufacturing companies to learn the benefits of the new methods and use them in the future.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, The £25m Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative between the University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, and a consortium of industry partners. It assists UK companies to successfully compete in the emerging £40 billion civil nuclear supply chain.

Professor Keith Ridgway, programme director of the Nuclear AMRC and Executive Dean of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Institute, said: "This funding will help us to look at the longer term manufacturing research needs of the nuclear industry. The work we will do in the NNUMAN project will feed directly into the applications-directed work of the Nuclear AMRC."

On a recent visit to the Nuclear AMRC on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, the government's Technology Strategy Board announced that it is investing up to £15m in research, development and knowledge transfer to stimulate innovation and support growth in the civil nuclear power sector.

The news comes as German companies, E.ON and RWE announced that it will not proceed with plans to develop its 50-50 joint-venture, Horizon Nuclear Power. The UK energy company focuses on the development of a new generation of nuclear power stations.

Nuclear AMRC website


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