Call for projects on international nuclear decommissioning
Are you a company, start-up or a small or medium sized business? Would you like to be part of the offering that EDF is developing for its international customers in the area of nuclear decommissioning? EDF aims to become the world leader in this market. EDF Pulse Croissance and the Group's Division of Decommissioning & Waste Management are launching their first call for projects! Apply to propose your innovative solutions from 18 October to 8 December 2017!
Why a call for projects in the area of nuclear decommissioning?
At EDF, we are already responding to the challenges of decommissioning nuclear power plants in France. We also have world-renowned expertise in the incineration and fusion of radioactive waste through our Cyclife brand. We are looking for innovative solutions to help us develop an international customer offering for:
Digitalisation of operation design,
Automatisation of operations,
Interactions between these 2 phases creating an overall gain in performance.
That is why we are launching this call for projects. Our goal? To identify companies, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, which have technologies, products, tools or combinations of solutions already established or under development
In the nuclear sector
In other sectors, and which may be adaptable to decommissioning conditions in nuclear facilities.
EDF is committed! 5 good reasons to take part in this call for projects
The winners will benefit from:
specific support from EDF and its partners to finalize or adapt the development of the solution,
test, experimentation and demonstration sites for their solution,
partnership contracts with EDF's division in charge of decommissioning, in order to respond to calls for tenders and be part of international customer contracts,
technical support and contacts with EDF experts,
Exposure in both internal and external EDF communications materials.
What are the needs and what solutions are we seeking?
A golden rule of thumb: the solutions you propose will have to be more effective and faster than those currently available on the market (cost, quality, time, risk management and reduction).
The background in few words To begin the design phase of a decommissioning project, a detailed inventory of the characteristics of the power plant must be carried out (multidimensional modelling of the installation, radiological measurements and analyses, and non-destructive sampling and core drilling, etc.).
Our needs? To shorten deadlines, optimize costs and limit human intervention in hostile environments
Examples of solutions being sought #Drones #Robotics #Laser #Radiometers #Spectrometers #PortableLaboratory #AsbestosDiagnostics
The background in few words A decommissioning project is a dynamic environment in which information management poses challenges relating to operations, updating and monitoring (data on multiple and heterogeneous installations, the properties of the facility and working conditions that change over time...).
Our needs? To exploit data in a simple, dynamic and multidimensional way
Examples of solutions being sought #DigitalTwin #ArtificialIntelligence #BigData #BIM
The background in few words Decommissioning requires the involvement of several types of skilled professional. This is why sequencing and pre-planning work is a key element in optimizing costs and deadlines, but also in guaranteeing the safety of the workers. Several scenarios are studied to help choose the optimal decommissioning solution.
Our needs? To improve the robustness of our decommissioning scenarios with ergonomic, multi-criteria decision-support tools
Examples of solutions being sought #AugmentedReality #Simulators #ImmersiveRoom, #4D/5D
The background in few words Dismantling operations are varied (dismantling equipment, cleaning up premises and floors, demolition of civil engineering structures, disposing of radioactive or non-radioactive waste, etc.) and can take place in hostile environments. The complexity of the working environment thus involves human risk and time constraints.
Our needs? To automate processes and operations, while maintaining the highest safety standards.
Examples of solutions being sought #QuickCutout#CivilEngineeringDemolitionUniversConfinedEnvironment #InterventionRobotics #ProcessIndustrialisation #WasteRetrieval
Timetable and selection procedure
18 October - 8 December 2017
You can apply alone or with others, and propose solutions in one or more areas. It's simple: fill out our form and submit your presentation file in your preferred format. Do you have a question? Contact us by email. Our teams will post the answers twice—on 9 and 23 November—on the same page so that they are accessible to everyone. Note: we will not accept any questions beyond 20/11/17.
8 December 2017 to 1 February 2018
The selection procedure comprises three stages:
Beginning on 9 December 2017: our teams will examine your submissions and make a pre-selection.
17 & 18 January 2018: the finalists will be invited to pitch their project in front of a selection jury which will choose the winner(s)
1 February 2018: the winners will be announced at a closing event (more details to come on this page)
3And then what?
Beginning in January 2018
EDF will help the winners to bring their solutions to fruition:
Phase 1: Preliminary studies prior to experimentation with the support of our experts
Phase 2: approval of solutions
Phase 3: full-scale experimentation on a site managed by EDF
Phase 4: Integration of the solutions into the international offering of our Decommissioning Division
This call for projects in the area of nuclear decommissioning is for you if...
You are a company whose solution meets the following selection criteria:
maturity of the proposed solution: the candidates must be able to mobilize a project team to produce—immediately or eventually—services or deliverables of the study phase.
appropriateness: it should match the needs and the solutions being sought,
originality and innovative nature of the project,
feasibility and economic viability,
ability to be deployed internationally.
Candidates must have a solution that is already tested and, ideally, operational!
Please note! Nuclear power and decommissioning need not necessarily already be part of the current scope of your solution.
EDF does not intend to seek solutions for corium extraction. However, if your solution can be adapted or transposed, please respond to the requirements stated by EDF (see "Operation" category); don't hesitate to submit an application.
EDF expects to receive proposals for innovative solutions that would give the company a competitive advantage in its international offering. Describe what this advantage consists of (= value proposition) and how you plan to market this product (= business model). Solutions may not necessarily be directly applicable to dismantling projects. The winners will receive advice on how to implement their solutions.
We can confirm that the expertise and proposal you describe meet the requirements listed in the EDF decommissioning call for tenders. We would encourage you to submit an application with more detailed information on your proposal.
A selection panel will choose the best applications for each of the four categories. The winning companies will submit a commercial proposal for the phases, during which they will be advised by EDF on how to implement their solutions. On a case-by-case basis, EDF will offer exact operating methods, highlighting intellectual property, to the winner. Confidentiality agreements will be signed by each party.