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Technology Factsheet

B29 - Pile Fuel Storage Pond Sludge Retrieval Hood

Category: Robotics > Dismantling and Retrieval > Bespoke System
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Designed and built to suck up radioactive sludge from the pond floor.

Radiation levels mean that the Sludge Retrieval Hood has to be deployed and operated remotely at the bottom of the six-metre deep pond, where it sucks up some 25 cubic metres of material per hour. The sludge is then transferred into the Sludge Corral, where it will be stored pending treatment through the Local Sludge Treatment Plant, currently undergoing inactive commissioning.

The project is also cleaning sludge from open-topped metal skips stored in the pond. There were around 180 skips and 24 have now been emptied, cleaned and exported to create space.

Site:Sellafield
Industry:Nuclear
Size:Unknown
TRL:Demonstration (7-8)
TRL2:Demonstration (7-8)
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