A £397,500 fund is now available for small business to help develop technology to accelerate Sellafield site decommissioning.

The Innovus fund is administered by the National Nuclear Laboratory and The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute, and supported by Britain’s Energy Coast and the UK government’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

It helps Cumbrian businesses develop new technologies and innovations by offering financial support, technical and business advice and access to facilities.

Adrian Davis-Johnston, programme and engagement manager at Innovus, said: "Sellafield Ltd. are looking to encourage innovative technology solutions to one of the most complicated scientific and engineering challenges in the country…This funding will enable businesses who have ideas for accelerating decommissioning at Sellafield to develop those opportunities in conjunction with the main customer, and given the similarities between the nuclear decommissioning challenge and the challenges faced in other industries, such as oil and gas, the opportunities for technology transfer and subsequent commercial success are overwhelming."

Innovus, www.innovus.org.uk, advises small businesses to discuss their ideas first before applying for funding.

Picture: National Nuclear Laboratory facility