Win joint Project with Westinghouse

Apply by October 25th [Closed]

We are looking for startups and scaleups who are ready to integrate with Westinghouse.

Our 3 challenges for your project ideas: 

  • Strong Robotic Arm for Heat Exchanger Inspections and Repairs 

    • Challenge is open to all.​​

    • Modular and scalable robotic arms are available on the market (e.g. Hebi). They are appropriate for certain light weight applications but not for inspections or repairs that require accuracy in positioning, stiffness and manipulation of more significant payloads. The ideal robotic arm could manage payload up to a 50lb tool and 30lb reaction load. The arm must be able to be installed through a 14 x 18 inch elliptical manway opening, or a 16 inch diameter manway opening. It must operate within a quarter of a sphere. The sphere has a 35 inch radius.  The robot should be modular and consume minimal power, be water resistant and light weight to be easily set up by one single operator. The robot should be reliable and robust to operate without any human intervention. How would you approach this problem?

  • Contactless Sensing of Component Health 

    • Challenge by invitation only to SynerLeap startups.

    • Components within a nuclear power plant have a limited set of sensors installed to monitor operation. To lower maintenance cost, plants require greater visibility into the health of their components. Installing new sensors on the component can be expensive. How can a sensor package be developed to monitor critical health parameters (vibration, temperature, radiation, …) without being installed on the component?

  • Advanced Remote Working for Field Operations 

    • Challenge by invitation only to SynerLeap startups.

    • ​In the context of today’s world and the current pandemic, the concept of working remotely is more important than ever. The ability to operate tooling remotely would have a tremendous positive impact on both our workforce and our customers operations.  Specifically, the tasks of Non-Destructive Examination (Ultrasonic Testing/Eddy Current), Machining, and Welding are tasks that would serve as the focus for this project. Challenges associated with latency and restrictions related to communication due to structures and site specific capabilities will need to be addressed. What is your solution for off-site remote tooling operation?

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Prize: Project worth up to $25,000

The winner will receive a defined project to be funded by Westinghouse and launched within 6 months. 

The Judging Panel Members

Representatives from Westinghouse, with whom the shortlisted startups will have a chance to impress and interact with:


Aziz Dag

Regional Vice President


Lena Willman

Vice President Fuel Deliveries EMEA


Steve Ira

Senior Vice President, Outage and Maintenance Services, Americas


Ken Canavan

Chief Technology Officer


Xavier Pitoiset

Chief Engineer Engineering and Field Services, EMEA


  • October 25th: Final date to send in your application, project pitch and company profile.

  • Shortlisted companies will be notified and invited to pitch at the finals.

  • November 5th: Virtual Pitch to the Westinghouse judging panel at HUB2020.

Collaboration project funded up to $25,000 


Westinghouse Electric Company is the world's leading supplier of safe and innovative nuclear technology.


Advanced nuclear plant designs. Nuclear fuel. Service and maintenance. Instrumentation and control systems. No other company is more focused on helping utilities around the world improve their plant technology, reduce outage times, reduce maintenance costs, and have access to the highest quality nuclear fuel. 

When the era of nuclear energy began more than 50 years ago, we were there. Today, we're leading the way with a new generation of nuclear technology, helping the world meet growing electricity demand with reliable carbon free nuclear energy.


Do you want to be part of this journey?


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