Gatekeepers to the UK’s Nuclear Knowledge
INS is the agent for UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s intellectual property (IP). That’s 60 years of fuel cycle and decommissioning challenges, 60 years of successes and 60 years of lessons learned.
The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has responsibility for 17 nuclear sites in the UK, some dating back to the 1940s, including Sellafield, Dounreay and the Magnox reactor sites. As well as being responsible for decommissioning and cleaning-up these facilities, the NDA owns all of the associated intellectual property developed across all of those sites.
Intellectual property exists in a variety of forms across the NDA estate. At each of the sites there is a collected wealth of research and development, know how, test results, practical experience and documented evidence which can be tapped into and exploited to meet new nuclear challenges.
INS is the commercial arm of the NDA and provides commercial services related to the exploitation of this intellectual property. We are in the unique position of being able to provide access to the operators at these sites and provide insight to the knowledge and experience gained in some of the most challenging nuclear environments.
Your gateway to 60 years of UK nuclear knowledge
In addition to our transport capabilities, INS markets the portfolio of nuclear knowledge and experience that constitutes the NDA’s intellectual property.
In 2015 alongside the Department for Energy and Climate Change, INS signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Atomic Energy Authority and the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to share expertise in the field of decommissioning and waste management. INS continues to make good progress in connecting UK clean-up expertise with opportunities in the Asian market.
On behalf of the NDA, INS has signed Licence Agreements with Rolls Royce to transfer intellectual property in relation to specifications for MOD flask seals and ancillary tools.
Agreements have also been signed with AWE to transfer NDA research on epoxy resin as a material for waste encapsulation and with Westinghouse to transfer assessments carried out at Sellafield on SMART Instruments for use in a safety case submission to the Regulator.