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Decommissioning Data Challenge

Exploration of "digital-twins" in the nuclear decommissioning sector with the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Collaboration (RAICo)

Exploration of “digital-twins” in the nuclear decommissioning sector.

This three-month long programme will support the successfully selected company to explore the potentials of a “digital-twin”, based on data related to the nuclear decommissioning process. Nuclear decommissioning is undertaken once a nuclear facility has reached the end of its operational life. It involves the safe removal of radioactive waste and secondary waste from a nuclear facility, the dismantling of the plant and associated facilities, ultimately leading to site restoration.

By creating a digital twin of a nuclear facility, experts can analyse different decommissioning scenarios, plan the optimal sequence of actions, track the progress and status of the decommissioning process, and ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations. This will be key to ensuring the long-term success of the UK’s nuclear industry, bolstering its economic output and enhancing its reputation as a leader in nuclear decommissioning expertise and sustainable energy solutions.

This Decommissioning Data Challenge will allow the selected company to work with the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Collaboration (RAICo) to develop a high-quality proof-of-concept digital-twin that can utilise, process, and merge complex data to make nuclear decommissioning faster, safer and more cost-effective, answering the challenge of:

“What digital tools can be used to create a digital twin from pre-existing and robot-collected data that enables a structured approach for strategic decision making and analytics in order to make nuclear decommissioning faster/safer/cheaper?”


Applications for the programme have now closed.

Benefits and support

Access to a RAICo site and learning opportunities about RAICo

Tours of RAICo, Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE), and JET’s In-vessel Training Facility (IVTF), and demonstrations of existing digital tools created for decommissioning.

Technical guidance and support to develop a proof-of-concept

Access to technical guidance and support from RAICo on data-capture and usage.

Up to £40k funding

The successful applicant is expected to receive up to £40k funding, released according to milestones agreed between the applicant and RAICo.

Access into the nuclear sector

Working with RAICo will help the applicant gain insight into opportunities within the nuclear sector, grow their visibility and expand their portfolio within the nuclear sector including fission and fusion.

Support to plan next steps after proof of concept

Support to further development, testing plans, and deployment roadmapping.

Decommissioning Data Challenge FAQ's

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Decommissioning Data Challenge T&C's

The Decommissioning Data Challenge programme terms and conditions.

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