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Kym talks about the use of robots in the nuclear industry

Kym's interview forms part of Innovate UK's very first podcast.

  • Posted On: 16 April 2018
Kym talks about the use of robots in the nuclear industry
In this episode they are looking at the state of play in the robotics industry.
They say 'We investigate where the tech is, what the challenges are, and whether there's anything hindering progress. After that we get stuck into the commercial opportunities that exist for companies that can solve these problems. Then we take a look at potential future applications of the tech that's being developed now. Of course we couldn't do a whole episode about robotics without answering the question, "Will robots take our jobs?" So we do our best to address that, too. Download the first episode of the Innovate UK podcast now and let us know what you think of the show by leaving a rating!'

Kym speaks at the Palace of Westminster!

Innovate UK celebrated International Women’s day at the House of Commons with a ‘Women in Innovation’ event.

  • Posted On: 9 March 2018
Kym speaks at the Palace of Westminster! Three winners of the Infocus Women in Innovation award were invited to speak about their experiences and Kym was pleased to be one of them. Innovate UK consider the awards a great success and have announced a second round. The support given to Viridian during Kym’s year as winner has certainly been a success in our eyes.

Definitely safer, cleaner and faster!

Our third trial of ViridiScope is very different to the previous deployments.

  • Posted On: 2 March 2018
Definitely safer, cleaner and faster!

We are characterising  a concrete core by moving the laser sampler slowly around its circumference so our samples can be taken straight to the counting equipment in their pods. Much safer, cleaner and faster than the traditional approach of sawing the core into slices before grinding them into a powder.


Fetch more pods!

Our engineers have been busy constructing our sampling pods ready for use at our second operational nuclear site.

  • Posted On: 23 February 2018
Fetch more pods! This deployment involves the systematic characterisation of a large floor area that will result in over a hundred concrete samples being collected and counted in just five short working days for alpha activity close to and below background. We will be returning after a few months to deploy an ROV to sample inaccessible areas.

Successful start – despite the weather!

Our first deployment, on a decommissioning nuclear power reactor, began this month after delay due to snow at the end of 2017.

  • Posted On: 9 February 2018
Successful start – despite the weather! Since we were mainly working outside with the site contractors, we were hampered by rain and 60 mph winds. In three weeks we were only able to use ViridiScope on a couple of days. However, we will be back in March to continue, when we hope the weather will have improved!

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