Nuclear AMRC Midlands helps industry navigate UK energy security strategy

Arrival of a new research centre on Infinity Park Derby (IPD), projected to generate £71m over the first five years, will find solutions to support industry seeking to future-proof supply chains.

The £15m, 46,728 sq. ft Nuclear AMRC Midlands facility, planned for completion by early 2023, next to Rolls-Royce, and within 20 minutes’ drive of global manufacturers Toyota, Alstom and JCB, will enable companies of all sizes to adopt carbon neutral technologies for energy resilience planning.

In its’ first five years, the Infinity Park facility is projected to involve at least 35 collaborative projects involving high value sectors such as aerospace, automotive and rail, with 100 companies set to benefit from a Fit For Nuclear supply chain development programme.

The Government-backed IPD partnership, including the University of Derby, Derby City Council, Wilson Bowden, Peveril Securities, Harpur Crewe Estate and Rolls-Royce, with over £9m from D2N2, will accelerate technological innovations using advancements in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence, in partnership with the UK’s leading scientists.

Mark Bielby, of March Developments, development managers for IPD LLP said: “With energy prices at historic highs, industry faces increasing pressure to plan ahead. The UK government Levelling Up White Paper clearly stated the critical role decarbonisation will play in the future, and we are delighted to be able to deliver an advanced facility on Infinity Park for Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, which is a beacon of industry excellence.”

With skill shortages cited as a barrier to industry seeking to build dynamic supply chains for the green industrial revolution, the University of Derby and Nuclear AMRC Midlands will support upskilling opportunities to facilitate industry-wide adoption.

Professor Warren Manning, Provost – Innovation and Research at the University of Derby, said: “The University’s Institute of Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) has developed an international reputation for innovation in design, manufacturing, product lifecycle management and application of new and smart materials.

“IISE is already engaged in collaborative research and innovation projects to provide pioneering solutions for transport and industry in the UK and overseas through our strategic partnerships with institutions in Europe, Asia and the US.

“Co-locating IISE with the Nuclear AMRC can only strengthen our reputation. It will enable us to share resources and expertise and open up new opportunities for our academics to support whole business sectors to become greener, more efficient, more competitive and ultimately help drive the recovery and future prosperity of our city and region.”

Andrew Storer, CEO, Nuclear AMRC said: “The new Nuclear AMRC Midlands facility will play a vital role in helping manufacturers seize the opportunities and tackle the challenges of the national transition to net zero emissions. A new generation of nuclear power is at the heart of the UK’s plans for a secure low-carbon energy mix, and we will work closely with companies of all sizes to help them join the supply chains for technologies such as small modular reactors, fusion power, and clean hydrogen generation.”