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Insight: Robotic systems for safe nuclear decommissioning
All over Europe, nuclear power is being phased out and on a global scale, more nuclear power reactors have closed than opened in recent years. The decommissioning of these facilities will become a major task in the next decades. Of several hundred nuclear power reactors in operation around the world, more than half have reached or are close to end of their operating lifetime.
Environmental remediation is also necessary for sites that have been in use for similar activities: nuclear research, uranium milling, milling and processing of natural occurring radioactive materials. In such hazardous environments, KUKA robots could be deployed to ensure human workers’ safety.
KUKA robots and systems have proved their mettle in the toughest industrial applications. The know-how and experience from decades of developing high-performance solutions can be transferred to the nuclear industry: All over the world, our robotic systems provide the basis for the safe, timely and cost-effective decommissioning of nuclear facilities.
The need for zero-carbon sources of energy means that nuclear power must be a significant and substantial part of the mix for future global energy needs. It is the only non-carbon power source so far available that can provide high levels of reliable baseload.
What does the future hold and how can automation deliver safety, efficiency and cost savings in existing nuclear programmes? Find out more in the KUKA nuclear power industry report below.