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:
The Hot Robotics Facility is participating in the 6th NNUF access scheme call, which will be opening shortly and is due to close in late November 2021. In most cases this call covers access commencing in the period January – March 2022 (and this is true for the Hot Robotics Facilities at RACE, Manchester and Bristol). However to allow time for any security clearance that might be required to access NNL’s Hot Robotics Facility, experimental time at NNL's premises which is awarded under the 6th call can commence any time between January 2022 and June 2022.
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.