RAICo 1st Suppliers’ Event

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RAICo welcomes industry to our first Suppliers' Event on 5th July 2023 at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham

The Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Collaboration (RAICo®) is a collaboration among the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Sellafield Ltd (SL)UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and University of Manchester.

RAICo is an end user-led collaboration that brings together teams from fission decommissioning and fusion engineering. The programme is focussed on developing robotics and artificial intelligence technologies that are required for the deployment of remotely operated solutions for decommissioning and future fusion powerplants.

Using robotics and AI in hazardous nuclear decommissioning environments will provide the step-change in capabilities needed to move towards a faster, more cost-efficient, and less hazardous set of next generation decommissioning activities.

We are in year two of an initial three-year programme of technology development. This event will provide industry with information about the opportunities arising from the RAICo programme and allow attendees to engage with RAICo personnel.

The programme is managed by UKAEA’s Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) division.


Wednesday 5 July

09:00am – 10:00am: Arrival & registration
10:00am – 12:30pm: Presentations

  • RAICo overview – Leadership Team
  • Programme overview
  • Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Academic Research
  • Remote Handling
  • Size Reduction
  • Data Exploitation
  • Digital Infrastructure

To download the presentations, please click here.

12:30pm – 3:30pm: Lunch, exhibition booths hosted by RAICo and networking

Information about prior information notice (PIN):

The PIN covers four of the thematic areas of the RAICo Programme and is seeking interest from industry who will provide the products and services to support the delivery of RAICo’s strategic objectives which are:

  • Operationalisation of “this Generation” robotics into the nuclear sector
  • Developing remotely operated solutions for decommissioning and future fusion power
  • Developing intelligent customer and supply chain capability / capacity
  • Positive socio-economic impact in Cumbria

The four thematic areas in scope for this PIN are:

  • Remote handling
  • Size reduction
  • Robotics and AI Data (RAID) exploitation
  • Digital infrastructure

For more information, please see the PIN here.

To download the example contract terms for RAICo, please click here.
For useful RAICo procurement information, please click here.

Contact us

For further information and/or to get in touch with RAICo personnel, please send an email to phil.perkins@ukaea.uk and jane.lubbock@ukaea.uk including the following details:

  • Your name
  • Your organisation’s name
  • Your email address
  • Your telephone number
  • Your enquiry and which theme you are interested in
  • Please add “RAICo enquiry” to the title of your email.

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