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The Integrity of Things

As an asset owner, we need to be able to assess the current state of a structure or component, be able to predict its future evolution, and based on this, take operation and maintenance decisions.

Challenge details

We are interested in a wide range of innovations, from inspection (new tools and robotics) to monitoring (new sensor, new network of sensors, diagnostic tools), prediction (modelling tools, prognostic tools) and decision tools.

  • Understanding Materials: State of the art in Remote Operation and Inspection.
  • Testing Materials: knowing in real time the exact environment and engineering properties that underpin asset performance.
  • Modelling and Predicting Materials future: Fundamentals in materials performance, monitoring and assessment robustness.
  • Monitoring Materials: State of the art in monitoring things, instrumentation & control plus data analytics for performance improvement.
  • Sentencing Materials: state of the art in dynamic risk assessment and/or systems approach to understanding performance margins.
  • People performance: The impact of human and organisational factors.
  • A force for good: Social science and public acceptance of high integrity industries.
  • Sustainability: Impact on the environment and the environments impact on the integrity of things.

Prize details

  • The winner from the pitch day will have access to up to £10,000 to support development of a proof of concept.
  • The chance to meet Nuclear Generation Technical Experts and learn more about our challenges.
  • The winner will also be fast tracked into the last stages of the international EDF Pulse Awards in 2018 where the prize includes €100,000 (subject to a relevant category being available).

EDF Energy Pulse Awards challenge key dates

19 Sep 17

2017 Applications open

27 Nov 17

Applications close

  • Diversity and engagement in the workplace
  • Predicting cyber attacks
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15 Dec 17

Applications close

  • Improving our approach to nuclear safety
  • Integrity of Things
Watch video: EDF Energy Pulse Awards 2016 (short)
18 Jan 18

Pitch day

Shortlisted applicants get the chance to pitch their idea to the EDF Energy Pulse Awards judges.

25 Apr 18

Demo Day

Demo Day will see the finalists from the Pulse Awards present their winning ideas and finalists from Blue Lab’s 12-week accelerator programme pitch for the £30K grand prize. 

More challenges

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