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.
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 Hot Robotics website (listing all equipment and facilities) will be launched in 2021. Until then, please refer to the information in the pink box:
Hot Robotics Facility availability
Facilities will be available from April 2021. In the interim and despite the lockdown, users can access a selection of equipment offsite from UKAEA, the University of Bristol and the University of Manchester. The selection of equipment is reduced but will progressively increase over time. To view the current available equipment, please see below:
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.