AI inspectors and repair robots to be sent to UK nuclear power stations
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Robots which can inspect and maintain nuclear power stations will be built using millions of pounds of Government funding.
Universities, research organisations and businesses will receive £15million to develop the artificial intelligence, which will also repair satellites and wind turbines.
The aim is to tackle new problems created by the coronavirus pandemic – such as the need for social distancing – by creating more machines which can be controlled remotely.
Next-generation batteries for electric vehicles and wind turbines will also be created after receiving backing from the Government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
A £65million investment as part of the fund will be split among projects looking into battery development, robotic and advanced healthcare treatments.
Science Minister Amanda Solloway said it aims to put "the UK at the forefront of new technologies to create high-skilled jobs, increase productivity and grow the economy as we recover from coronavirus".
She added: "This new funding will strengthen the UK's global status in a range of areas, including battery technologies for electric vehicles and robotics, helping us develop innovative solutions to some of our biggest global challenges and creating jobs in rewarding careers right across the country.”
Nearly £44million of the funding will be used to develop the next generation of high-performance batteries for electric vehicles, but also could be used for new tech such as electric aeroplanes, WalesOnline reports.
A slice of the cash will be used to complete a first-of-its-kind UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry, creating 100 high-skilled jobs.
And a further £6.5million will be allocated to three advanced therapy treatment centres across the UK to boost access to advanced therapies for the NHS.
This includes cell and gene-based therapies aimed at treating life-limiting and inherited diseases, such as cancer Duchenne muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis.
Tony Harper, challenge director for The Faraday Battery Challenge, said it will help "continue to build world-class scientific capability to sustain us into the future".
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