講演タイトル：Robotics for challenging environments – experiences in the nuclear industry
講演者：Dr. Rob Buckingham
Director UK Atomic Energy Authority
Head of RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments)
The nuclear industry divides public opinion and countries are taking different approaches.
The UK has decided that nuclear is an essential part of our energy mix and has embrued on a program of new build as well as life extension.
Robotics has always been part of the nuclear toolkit both for operations and also for decommissioning.
The biggest challenge in the UK is a facility called Sellafield with an predicted decommissioning cost of £80billion. An estimated 20% of this cost relates to remote operations.
In Japan, the challenge of decommissioning Fukushima requires the use of robots acting as the remote hands of nuclear workers. However, these robots currently don’t exist so there is a need to develop them.
The talk will explore some of the challenges this presents and will describe a number of robot types that have been developed for fission and fusion environments. The talk will focus on OC Robotics snake-arm robots and the JET remote handling system.
Questions are welcome – even the awkward ones!
Rob Buckingham was the founder of OC Robotics – a UK robotics company that developed ‘LaserSnake’.
He was co-chair of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group that wrote the RAS strategy for UK Government.
He is now a Director of the UKAEA and Head of RACE: a new research facility for ‘Remote Applications in Challenging Environments’.
Rob is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.