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08 Sep Doors 6.30pm. Event 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Zero degrees, 53 Colston St,
Bristol BS1 5BA
Have you ever pondered such questions as How can robots help in nuclear environments? What is the future of fusion and why does it always seem to be 30 years away? Is it just Fusionably late?Then come and join us for an evening of nuclear!

Why should the nuclear industry be interested in modern advances in robotic technology?

Chris Hutson (Research Associate)
As a greater number of the world’s nuclear facilities approach the end of their planned lifetime and enter the decommissioning and dismantling phase, a greater emphasis is being placed on the use of novel technologies to assist in this lengthy, complicated and costly process. This is where robots can help, seemingly immune to the effects of radiation. The nuclear industry is now employing a range of new robotic systems to help with nuclear remediation/assessment and day to day operations.
Through the use of these land-based, airbourne, and underwater robotic systems, not only is the danger experienced by the operator removed, but the costs are also significantly reduced, and the speed dramatically increased.

A Pint of Plasma: The Future of Fusion Energy

James Hargreves (Researcher)
Fusion energy powers the stars and could be a clean, safe, and plentiful source of electricity here on earth. Sadly, despite decades of research, it always seems to be 30 years away! This talk will explore the inner workings of stars and our attempts to re-create one using powerful magnets, microwaves, and a pinch of hydrogen. We will also take a look at some of the extreme engineering that goes into keeping a miniature sun at 150,000,000 Celsius in a 'magnetic bottle', and discuss some of the promising projects underway around the world to build the world's first electricity-producing fusion reactor.

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