Market for nuclear response robots to grow significantly

The market for mobile automated process platforms responsive to nuclear handling needs, also known as nuclear responder robots, will grow significantly through 2019, according to a study conducted by Wintergreen Research.

The report, which is called "Nuclear Response Robot: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2013 to 2019," found that robotic advances in size, mobility, sensors and materials handling devices are expanding the market for such robots. made the report available on Tuesday.

"Until now, robot technology has not been robust enough to reasonably supplement human tasks in handling of nuclear situations," Susan Eustis, the lead author of the study, said. "That is no longer the case, robots have sufficient mobility, size, sensors, and tooling to be effective in a variety of situations."

Nuclear robots are typically used at local energy installations for materials handling where the materials may be radioactive, particularly in dangerous situations. The responding robots are now being designed to address nuclear and defense needs to support the management of radioactive materials.

The report estimates that the $55 million nuclear responder robot market will reach $1.1 billion dollars by 2019. The projected growth is related to the new interest in bringing automated processes into nuclear markets.