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The first on-site demonstration of ViridiScan® will take place at Sellafield

ViridiScan® will be put through its paces for the first time on a nuclear site at Sellafield in September, followed by a second demonstration at the NNL Non-Active Rig Hall in Workington

  • Posted On: 15 August 2018
The first on-site demonstration of ViridiScan® will take place at Sellafield ViridiScan® is a highly innovative instrumental solution for on-site in-situ materials characterisation.  Our novel approach uses a laser to remove surface material, which is transported to a sample collection pod in a safe area, located up to 20 metres away, where it will be processed and analysed in-situ by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry – a powerful tool for isotopic analysis. This will avoid the need to transport samples across site or even off site for analysis,...

ViridiScreen® in first active trial on a nuclear site

ViridiScreen a sensitive and, importantly, robust alpha detection system, which uses the measurement of photons derived from the interaction of alpha particles with nitrogen in the air, to determine the gross alpha activity on a surface

  • Posted On: 30 July 2018
ViridiScreen® in first active trial on a nuclear site

Feedback from the successful trial was very positive, with stakeholders saying that the very simple design had the advantage to potentially be tweaked, making it smaller or sacrificial.  ViridiScreen’s simplicity of design and output could be an advantage for very specific scenarios, such as monitoring inside scaffolding poles, where size is critical.

Successful conclusion to deployment of ViridiScope on five sites

The deploymentof ViridiScope under our 'First of a Kind Deployment' project has come to an end

  • Posted On: 16 July 2018
Successful conclusion to deployment of ViridiScope on five sites

At the end of June we successfully completed our last trial deployment of ViridiScope - on Hinkley Point B. Temperatures in Somerset soared to 30 degrees in the week when we were working in two pairs of coveralls and rubber gloves. It was quite a contrast to working in the 'Beast from the East' earlier in the year! The characterisation was completed in a week, demonstrating the 'faster' aspects of our innovative tool.

Viridian eyes rapid growth from sales of nuclear sensors

Enterprise Europe Network helps Innovate UK Women in Innovation winner to step up sales effort for cleaner, safer decommissioning technology.

  • Posted On: 19 June 2018
Viridian eyes rapid growth from sales of nuclear sensors

Enterprise Europe Network helps ambitious businesses grow internationally and Kym Jarvis has been receiving advice and EEN has helped Viridian’s business by providing recruitment training to secure two new engineers to support trials; sales and export training; as well as support on gaining patents. Kym says "The support from the EEN came at the perfect time for us and has been extremely valuable"

Read the blog by Mireille Owen-Hughes.

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!'

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