Demonstration & Testing

It is a priority of the RAIN Hub to regularly demonstrate our technology to relevant stakeholders.

Demonstration pipeline:

  • 1

    We will demonstrate aspects of our technology at Hub Demonstration days. Inviting stakeholders to these events will be a great opportunity for feedback and help us to understand the challenges faced by the nuclear industry. These interactions help us to find specific problems that we can work to address, and look for cross-industry uses for our technologies.
  • 2

    Full scale 'white', non-radioactive, technology demonstrators prove capability and de-risk deployments prior to being used on a real nuclear site.
  • 3

    Selected 'red', or active demonstrators will be delivered using sealed radioactive sources to provide point sources for mapping and/or identification. This will be facilitated by Bristol's Fenswood, Manchester’s Cumbrian sites, and the RACE testing facilities. We will also work on industry sites for projects that are collaborations with partners to address specific challenges.
  • 4

    After success at ‘white’ and ‘red’ demonstrations, active deployments on nuclear sites will test our technology live. The confidence and understanding gained in the first stages will enable these live demonstrations to go ahead and increase the likelihood of successful technology transfer. We have in the past used active and non-active facilities at JET, Sellafield and EDFE sites.
  • 5

    Once our technology is proven to be successful in the UK, we want to apply it to international legacy facilities. The H-Canyon Air Exhaust tunnels at Savannah State, and accident areas, including Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl, are sites of specific interest. RAIN researchers have worked successfully in these areas previously. Combining RAIN expertise will lead to further success on these sites.

Next demonstration event

26th March 2019, Manchester

We invite you to Manchester for an update on the progress of the RAIN Hub. There will be a range of technical demonstrations, updates on the progress of the working groups, and the working group Grand Challenges. During the afternoon we will be welcoming input and feedback from you, to help us keep moving our research in the right direction.

Registration is free via our eventbrite and open to anyone from industry, academia, or government, with an interest in robotics, autonomy, AI, and safety.