26 September 2023
by Alex Brinded

UK-Japan nuclear waste partnership

The UK and Japanese Governments are co-funding research to detect and process radioactive waste.

Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant © Sellafield Ltd.

The research will support work to decommission Sellafield Nuclear Plant, as well as remove radioactive debris from the Fukishima nuclear accident in Japan.

The £1mln has been split across two projects by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

It will address the following challenges in:

  • Radioactive waste treatment, packaging and storage  
  • Remote handling, robotic and autonomous systems in decommissioning 
  • Environmental behaviour of radionuclide release and management of risk and degraded infrastructure 

The projects are being led by the Universities of Sheffield and Strathclyde, UK/

The UK-Japan Civil Nuclear Research programme is a partnership between UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.  

This is the first UKRI award through the International Science Partnerships Fund.


Alex Brinded

Staff Writer