A new partnership between the Nuclear AMRC and the Menai Science Park (M-SParc) on the Isle of Anglesey aims to help support clean energy innovation in North Wales.
M-SParc is part of Bangor University, which is also home to the Nuclear Futures Institute (NFI), an organisation that aims to support North Wales in becoming a global centre in nuclear technology.
The Nuclear AMRC, based at the University of Sheffield, is part of the UK's High Value Manufacturing Catapult. It works with UK manufacturers of all sizes to help them win work in the nuclear sector and other demanding industries.
By joining the Nuclear AMRC as a tier two member, M-SParc will foster collaboration between the centre and researchers at Bangor, covering commercial and collaborative R&D projects into nuclear materials, controls and instrumentation, digital technology and modularisation.
Commenting on the announcement, Pryderi ap Rhisiart, M-SParc’s managing director, said: "This new collaboration should yield opportunities for our eco-system of innovative businesses in the nuclear sector and I look forward to seeing them engage with the Nuclear AMRC."
As part of its membership, M-SParc will provide office space for the Nuclear AMRC, giving the centre a regional base to engage with businesses in North Wales and support future development in the region. The Nuclear AMRC has already worked with dozens of Welsh manufacturers through its Fit For Nuclear supplier development programme, with support from the Welsh government.
"This helps cement the relationship between the Nuclear AMRC and the nuclear cluster around Bangor, in one of the UK's most strategically important nuclear regions," noted Professor Richard Hall, regional director for the Nuclear AMRC. "Bangor University has growing R&D capabilities for nuclear, and we're already collaborating on a number of major projects to support clean energy in North Wales."