An innovative, rapidly deployable battery power supply system that enhances operator flexibility, improves stations’ probabilistic risk assessment profile, and augments FLEX response.
Quad Cities Generating Station. Image: Exelon.
BlackStarTech® Innovation Group asked one simple question:
How do we further improve the response times of our FLEX strategies?
That question led to a second question:
Can we add defense in depth to U.S. FLEX response, enhance safety margins, and strategically provide critical power rapidly and reliably in under 30 minutes for up to 30 days?
The response and resultant innovative journey led to the development of a rapidly deployable and portable battery-powered energy delivery system transforming how the nuclear industry can provide critical DC and AC power to the most essential components and control systems. The BlackStarTech methodology utilizes compact and portable power supplies to further enhance essential equipment availability, as well as providing defense in depth to FLEX and B.5.b response. The portable battery power technology provides an alternative means of electrical power delivery solutions, expanding operator flexibility and optimizing station risk reduction strategies.
ORNL associate laboratory director Kathy McCarthy at the prototype which led to the Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment (MPEX), a device that will support fusion materials research. Photo: ORNL
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a long record of advancing fusion and fission science and technology. Today, the lab is focused more than ever on taking advantage of that spectrum of nuclear experience to accelerate a viable path to fusion energy and to speed efficient deployment of advanced nuclear technologies to today’s power plants and future fission systems.
Guided waves and robots advancing inspection of areas with limited access
The Hanford Site in Washington state stores millions of gallons of high-level radioactive waste in 28 double-shell tanks. The tanks are buried underground to enhance radiation shielding. The space between the primary tank and the steel liner can be used to allow inspection of the inaccessible regions of these vessels.
Nuclear power plant containment vessels have large, inaccessible regions that cannot be inspected by conventional techniques. Inaccessible regions often are encased in concrete, soil or sand, or hidden behind equipment attached to a wall. Similar constraints affect the inspection of double-shell tanks designed to store nuclear waste, illustrated in Figure 1, that have an inaccessible region at the tank bottom where the primary shell is supported by the secondary shell. Present methods to monitor the integrity of these vessels primarily rely on partial inspections of accessible areas or estimation of corrosion rates; however, these approaches cannot account for nonuniform localized corrosion or cracking.
Game changer in addressing I&C common cause failure protection Game changer in addressing I&C common cause failure protection and diversity requirements implementation
List of authors:
- Mr. Ievgenii Bakhmach, “RPC Radics” LLC, Chief Executive Officer
- Mr. Ievgen Brezhniev, “RPC Radics” LLC, Strategic Marketing Director
- Mr. Vyacheslav Kharchenko, Director of Scientific and Technical Center, PC “RPC Radiy”
- Mark J. Burzynski, SunPort, Chief Executive Officer
- Sean Kelley, SunPort, Chief Operating Officer
Radiy is proud to present the RadlCS Digital Instrumentation and Control (l&C) Platform that was approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on July 31, 2019.