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New Hot Robotics facility to further Nuclear Research

5 October 2021

A new University of Bristol facility at Fenswood Farm, part of the National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics (NNUF-HR) officially opens next week. There are 4 partners including Bristol (UK Atomic Energy Authority, National Nuclear Laboratory and The University of Manchester), each offering equipment and test spaces.

What does the facility do?

Hire out robotics and test spaces to academics, SMEs and industry for use in nuclear research. Bristol’s main capabilities are UAVs, manipulator arms, ground vehicles and detector systems for field surveying. The Fenswood Farm facility has a runway and robot barn for developing mobile robotic applications and onsite test deployments.  Our trained staff will advise and support you. All the equipment and facilities are listed here:

Why does it exist?

Robotics are used as a safe way to sort nuclear waste and navigate extreme ‘hot’ environments. Hiring robots, instead of purchasing them, is a low cost, low risk way to test ideas and develop solutions for nuclear research scenarios.  

How can you book out the kit?

Visit University of Bristol - Hot Robotics to browse our equipment which is stored at Fenswood Farm. We will deliver the kit to you, or you can pick it up. For any questions or book space on site, please email us:

Do University of Bristol researchers have to pay?

No – it's free to use for University of Bristol researchers.

How can my academic colleagues from other universities also use it for free?

There is a fund for nuclear related research projects called the Access Scheme Fund. Applications for projects up to £5K can be submitted at any time, and applications for project over £5k are considered in rounds (every 3 months): Calls for access | National Nuclear User Facility (

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