RACE is home to several facilities where we work and collaborate with others.

Our facilities are amongst the best in the world for developing remote handling robotics.

The RACE facility at the UKAEA Culham site is the UKAEA’s centre for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments

From our main building, we design, build and test systems essential to the future of fusion energy and beyond.

We operate on the UKAEA’s site at Culham, Oxfordshire in a state-of-the-art building. Our spaces are available for collaborative projects.

The RACE work hall, populated with cells containing robots, is home to the ITER Robotics Test Facility

The RACE Workhall 

  • A 2000 m2 multifunctional hangar with two 20-tonne gantry cranes
  • Reconfigurable robotic cells, hosting a variety of equipment
  • Multi-functional control rooms for remote operations trials
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) test lanes for unmanned vehicles to test mobility, dexterity, load bearing and reliability

National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics

RACE acts as the primary hub of the National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics (NNUF-HR), a programme which supports UK academia and industry to access robotics, sensors and control rooms.

If you’re looking for a specific set-up to test robotics hardware or software, we can facilitate your work through the programme.

An industrial KUKA robot demonstrated the ability to handle barrels
Two vehicles in the RACE ‘Pit Lanes’

Autonomous Vehicle Development 

The UK Government site in Culham hosts 10 km of roads. The site is fenced and secure, and is subject to National Highways laws, making it an ideal location for testing connected autonomous vehicles. 

Aerial photo of RAICo facility in Whitehaven, Cumbria


UKAEA is a founding member of RAICo1, a collaborative R&D and testing facility in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

With our world-class facilities at RACE, we can test and evaluate any robotic system for fusion and beyond. The variety of what we can test here is massive! From mock-ups of fusion plant components, to enabling mobile robot to autonomously operate and gather data in a real world setting, through to handling, haptics, VR – we do anything and everything ‘robot’. There’s always something fascinating being trialled in the building.

Oliver Huke

Robotics Test Facilities Manager

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An operations team perform an operation during tests of the prototype MASCOT 6 manipulator


RACE is engineering the freedom to operate in challenging environments. To achieve our fusion engineering goals, we work closely with the nuclear decommissioning industry and others.


Delivering world-changing robotics and bringing fusion energy closer to reality through close collaborations with our partners.

Two of RACE’s engineers observe the innards of a MASCOT prototype using a torch

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UKAEA is a world leader in fusion energy.

We design, build and operate robotics for extreme industrial environments, working towards our goal: bringing fusion energy to the grid.

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