We are proud to announce that we won the Sogin Call for InnovationSARR – Advanced Solutions for Radioactive Waste“. The call was launched on June 17th this year, and it concluded on Tuesday, October 14th, with the announcement that Zerynth got the award for the best innovative proposal in the management of radioactive waste.

Among the initial 52 submitted projects, ten had reached the final phase, Zerynth being one of them. We are looking forward to completing the proposed project with Sogin, accepting the challenge of digitizing the most important Italian nuclear decommissioning chain.

Sogin is a company recognized at the European level for the adoption of good practices in radioactive waste management processes and in the pursuit of circular economy practices. They have demonstrated their aim to become an important player in the adoption of innovative solutions in industrial processes and we at Zerynth are proud to make our technology and expertise available to serve this goal.

Call for Innovation

The purpose of the Call for Innovation was to identify the best proposal, among the 52 applied startups, for an advanced solution capable of managing nuclear waste. Sogin has been involved in this process for over 20 years. They were pioneers in this field, not only in Italy but in the whole world. Way back in 1999, they have started the challenging process of nuclear decommissioning.

Therefore, Sogin has decided to undertake the process of digitization and innovation of its processes through the adoption of the AIGOR platform. A new integrated IT application based on blockchain. It will allow the planning and constant control of the treatment, conditioning, characterization, and storage of radioactive waste.

Moreover, thanks to a database shared between the various sites, and the use of the blockchain AIGOR will allow SOGIN to have visibility and traceability of all processes.

To enhance these characteristics, AIGOR will collect a great amount of data available from the production sites.

Zerynth technology will support this project in the digitization of machinery, instruments, and stations present in the sites, and will ensure that AIGOR is constantly updated on the processes in the physical world.

Our solution

Now, let’s explain our solution to this problem a little further.

Through sensors installed on the handling points and on the access gates, it is possible to monitor internal movements and the actual safe handling of the artifacts. You can see what points we mean, in the images below.

Furthermore, thanks to the installation of sensors on machinery in a non-invasive way, it is possible to monitor both process parameters and environmental parameters, such as cycle duration, consumption, or temperature.

With the sensors and trackers, we plan to implement it will also be possible to carry out real-time monitoring of logistics and operating environments, for example by measuring emission levels and inserting alarms on unexpected events.

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About the Author: Lana Vukovic

Lana is a Classics graduate who got bored of ancient Greek and Roman texts and got into new technology instead.

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