14 December 2017
09:00 — 17:00

EDF Energy – Nuclear Station Innovation Challenge


EDF Energy, as the operator of the 8 nuclear stations in the UK, is committed to adopting innovative technologies and techniques to maintain the excellent operational performance of their fleet of nuclear power stations. Nuclear power stations in the UK have a mix of equipment installed throughout their 30 to 40 year lives and there are constraints around radio frequency emitting devices near operating technology, preventing the use of WiFi wide area networks.

To achieve the benefits of advances in Industrial IoT, with limited bandwidth available, EDF Energy wants to adopt an ‘Open Innovation’ approach and work with small to medium-sized enterprises specialising in sensor technology and edge analytics, to develop a solution that could achieve their goals, within the constraints of a challenging environment.

EDF Energy is offering companies with suitable solutions to the following challenges, the potential to tackle ‘case studies’ with this innovative and forward-thinking energy supplier. You may respond to one, two or all three challenges:

  • Challenge 1: Analogue instrument readers – remote real-time monitoring of analogue displays
    Operating stations employ analogue displays requiring considerable human time and effort during periods when an increase in monitoring may be required
    – an alternative non-invasive means of monitoring and recording the information is sought.
  • Challenge 2: Temperature monitoring of bearings
    Adding the ability to accurately measure the temperature of bearings in a turbine or pump after it has been manufactured without redesigning the housing is very difficult.
    – a solution is sought to allow a prediction of bearing degradation.
  • Challenge 3: Predictive maintenance monitoring of water pumps
    There are a wide range of pumps in operation at a nuclear power station and they are key to the daily operation of the plant. If a number of pumps in a system, are offline for maintenance the impact of any of the remaining pumps not being available increases exponentially.
    – Being able to easily increase the real time monitoring of the performance of the pumps would allow a greater understanding of risk factors involved in pump malfunction and predictive maintenance to be performed.


Companies, entrepreneurs and academics with technologies that can help to address the challenges raised


Further supporting information and requirements for the challenges can be found here

Successful applicants must be prepared to present non-confidential information only and pitches should cover

  • What the technology is
  • Where it has been applied previously
  • What would need to be done to address the challenge
  • An estimate of the time and cost to get to full deployment


Tuesday 28th November – Telephone Q&A sessions available with problem statement owners

Friday 1st December – Deadline for applications

Wednesday 6th December – Successful applicants notified

Thursday 14th December – Applicants pitch to an expert panel in closed session at Sensor City


All successful applicants will receive feedback and those with suitable technology will be offered follow up meetings under confidentiality agreements. EDF Energy aim to take applicants successful at the pitch stage forward to a Proof of Concept stage, with the aim of putting a prototype into field trials / running a case study deployment at a nuclear power station. Proof of Concept deployment is flexible depending on requirement, but would be a partnership likely to be between 8 and 12 weeks duration.




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