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Robots may be used for clean-up of highly radioactive areas of UK’s Dounreay nuclear complex

BBC 13th Aug 2020, Scientists are looking at ways to make greater use of robots in cleaning up
and taking apart the most highly radioactive areas of Dounreay. The nuclear
power complex on the Caithness coast near Thurso is being decommissioned.
Robots have been used previously to reach contaminated parts of the site.
Dounreay’s operator said they were working with Robotics and Artificial
Intelligence in Nuclear (Rain), a consortium of universities. Led by the
University of Manchester, they are exploring the potential for using robots
in the Fuel Cycle Area (FCA), which has the most contaminated parts of the
Dounreay said the most contaminated areas were “generally also the
most inaccessible”. A group of scientists from Rain carried out trials
earlier this year in the FCA laboratories of a small remotely operated
vehicle equipped with sensors, cameras and a manipulator “arm”.

August 15, 2020 - Posted by | UK, wastes

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