Britain’s Atomic Energy Authority has awarded robotics contracts worth a total of £3 million ($3.6 million U.S.) to Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) and Wälischmiller Engineering.
The two companies will supply robotic arms for use in research into fusion energy and nuclear decommissioning.
This research project, called “LongOps,” was launched by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in January as a collaboration with Japan.
It is intended to support the delivery of faster and safer decommissioning at the TEPCO’s Fukushima Dai-ichi site in Japan and at the Sellafield nuclear site in England.
Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) and Wälischmiller Engineering GmbH will each provide a twin-arm haptic manipulator — a form of kinaesthetic communications technology, complete with electrical and control systems.