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Reference Number EP/S023844/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy Futures
Status Started
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 25%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 100%
Principal Investigator Dr M R Wenman
No email address given
Materials
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2019
End Date 30 September 2027
Duration 102 months
Total Grant Value £6,229,700
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Non Theme Specific
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr M R Wenman , Materials, Imperial College London (99.991%)
  Other Investigator Dr I Farnan , Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr E Shwageraus , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr LJM Vandeperre , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor D M Knowles , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr R Springell , Physics, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr F Hosseinzadeh , Engineering & Innovation, Open University (0.001%)
Dr S Gungor , Faculty of Sci, Tech, Eng & Maths (STEM, Open University (0.001%)
Dr M J D Rushton , Sch of Computer Science & Electronic Eng, Bangor University (0.001%)
Dr S Middleburgh , Sch of Computer Science & Electronic Eng, Bangor University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , EDF Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Atkins (0.000%)
Project Contact , United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Framatome, France (0.000%)
Project Contact , Laing O'Rourke plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Nuclear Laboratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB (0.000%)
Project Contact , AWE Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tokamak Energy Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sellafield Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of New South Wales, Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Horizon Nuclear Power Services Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Radioactive Waste Management Ltd. (0.000%)
Project Contact , Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Wood Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , Henry Royce Institute (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cavendish Nuclear (0.000%)
Project Contact , DBD ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd., USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Thor Energy AS, Norway (0.000%)
Project Contact , Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Nuclear Energy Futures aims to train a new generation of international leaders, at PhD level, in nuclear energy technology. It is made up of Imperial College London (lead), Bristol University, Cambridge University, Open University and Bangor University. These institutions are some of the UK's leading institutions for research and teaching in nuclear power. The CDTs key focus is around nuclear fission i.e. that is the method of producing energy by splitting the atom, which currently accounts for 11% of the world's electricity and 20% of the UK's electricity, whilst producing very low levels of carbon emissions (at levels the same as renewable energy, such as wind). The CDT whilst focused on fission energy technologies will also have PhD projects related to fusion nuclear energy and projects needed or related to nuclear energy such as seismic studies, robotics, data analytics, environmental studies, policy and law. The CDT's major focus is related to the New Nuclear Build activities at Hinkley Point, Somerset and the Anglesey site in north Wales, where EDF Energy and Horizon, respectively, are building new fission power plants that will produce around 3.2 and 2.7 GWe of nuclear power (about 13% of the UK current electricity demand). The CDT will provide the skills needed for research related to these plants and potential future industry leaders, for nuclear decommissioning of current plants (due to come off-line in the next decade) and to lead the UK in new and innovative technologies for nuclear waste disposal and new reactor technologies such as small modular reactors (SMRs). The need for new talented PhD level people is very high as many of the UK's current technical experts were recruited in the 1970s and 80s and many are near retirement and skills sector studies have shown many more are needed for the new build projects. The CDT will champion teaching innovation and will produce a series of bespoke courses that can be delivered via on-line media by the very best experts in the field from across the CDT covering areas such as the nuclear fuel cycle; waste and decommissioning; small modular reactors; policy, economics and regulation; thermal hydraulics and reactor physics as well as leading on responsible research and innovation in the sector. The CDT is supported by a wide range of nuclear companies and stakeholders. These include those involved in the new build process in the UK such as EDF Energy, Hitachi-GE, Horizon and Rolls-Royce, the latter of which are developing a UK advanced modular reactor design. International nuclear stakeholders from countries such as the USA, UAE, Australia and France will support the student development and the CDT programme. The students in the CDT will cover a very broad training in all aspects of nuclear power and importantly for this sector will engage in both media training activities and public outreach to make nuclear power more open to the public, government and scientists and engineers outside of the discipline
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