The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a multi-disciplinary research facility that will be the world’s most powerful neutron source.
ESS is currently under construction in Lund, Sweden. The UK is one of 17 European countries who are partners in the construction and operation of ESS. First protons-on-target are expected in 2019, with the user program planned for 2023 and construction of the entire facility complete by 2025.
RACE is leading the delivery of the ESS hot cell. The highly radioactive spallation targets will be transferred in nuclear casks from the target station to the hot cell. In the hot cell the target wheel will be cut up using size reduction techniques being developed by RACE before being stored and then shipped to a waste storage facility.
The size of the target wheel means that the primary work tools are large in-cell manipulators rather than through wall devices. The hot cell will incorporate the latest technology from industry and is being designed to be operated and maintained for many decades.