The North West has the potential to create a world-leading nuclear computing hub, directors of the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) told an audience at Liverpool University's School of Engineering last night at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s North West Regional Lecture.

Addressing the future of civil nuclear research in the UK, NNL Managing Director Paul Howarth FREng and Chief Engineer Richard Taylor FREng highlighted ways in which NNL’s work is central to the development of the government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy.

One of NNL’s current aspirations is to create a nuclear computing hub, combining the strengths of the Virtual Engineering Centre at Liverpool University with the computing power of the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Hartree Centre and NNL’s own high performance computing capabilities in Warrington. Such an industry-academia partnership could form a powerful tool to develop next-generation computing capability for the nuclear industry. The Academy is supporting a new Joint Research Chair in nuclear computing at the University of Liverpool and the NNL.

“Our vision is to harness our local infrastructure and expertise to address the nuclear engineering challenges of the future,” says Richard Taylor. “A centre like this could also benefit from the modern risk analysis techniques being developed at the University of Liverpool’s Institute for Risk and Uncertainty and from policy input from the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice. This is a real opportunity to bring relevant local skills to bear on national issues.”

The event also included a poster competition showcasing submissions from young research engineers attending from the universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.


Notes for Editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK's role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK's world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook. We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.
  2. National Nuclear Laboratory. NNL plays a key role in the UK and global nuclear industry. That means reducing the cost of clean-up and decommissioning, maintaining critical skills and attracting talented new people to the industry. Since July 2008, we have been providing independent advice to the UK Government, working with other National Laboratories around the world and delivering a full range of research and technology to support the nuclear fuel cycle.

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