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Title: Developing a Roadmap for Total Nuclear Plant Transformation

Abstract

Commercial nuclear power plants (NPPs) provide emission free, always-on electricity that must be part of the energy mix if U.S. industry and business are to remain competitive while enjoying the benefits of a clean environment. Most U.S. NPPs in operation today were licensed using state-of-the-art analog technology of the 1970’s. While these systems are well proven and designed with multiple redundant channels, they required extensive manual surveillance and testing procedures to demonstrate their continued functioning. All of this adds up to increasing labor costs as the only means to increase plant availability. The United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program is performing a study to determine how an NPP can fully modernize, improve safety, and improve efficiency enough to make nuclear power competitive with current and future market conditions. The study is a process improvement analysis whereby current operational processes are evaluated to identify where efficiencies and cost-savings can be realized. This report will describe a process that will provide each utility with the tools to evaluate their present state, set goals for where they want to be regarding Operation and Maintenance (O&M) costs, while offering transformative pathways to achieve these improvements. The transformativemore » changes will be divided into 1) work process improvements, 2) technology solutions, and 3) regulatory reform. By applying these pathways in combination, NPPs can achieve the dramatic O&M savings needed to sustain safe and economic operation into the future.« less

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2]
  1. Idaho National Laboratory
  2. Remer Consulting, LLC
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1545537
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-19-54766-Rev000
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 - GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; Control Room Modernization; Nuclear Plant Modernization; Human Factors Engineering; Instrumentation and Control

Citation Formats

Joe, Jeffrey C, and Remer, S. Jason. Developing a Roadmap for Total Nuclear Plant Transformation. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1545537.
Joe, Jeffrey C, & Remer, S. Jason. Developing a Roadmap for Total Nuclear Plant Transformation. United States. doi:10.2172/1545537.
Joe, Jeffrey C, and Remer, S. Jason. Fri . "Developing a Roadmap for Total Nuclear Plant Transformation". United States. doi:10.2172/1545537. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1545537.
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abstractNote = {Commercial nuclear power plants (NPPs) provide emission free, always-on electricity that must be part of the energy mix if U.S. industry and business are to remain competitive while enjoying the benefits of a clean environment. Most U.S. NPPs in operation today were licensed using state-of-the-art analog technology of the 1970’s. While these systems are well proven and designed with multiple redundant channels, they required extensive manual surveillance and testing procedures to demonstrate their continued functioning. All of this adds up to increasing labor costs as the only means to increase plant availability. The United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program is performing a study to determine how an NPP can fully modernize, improve safety, and improve efficiency enough to make nuclear power competitive with current and future market conditions. The study is a process improvement analysis whereby current operational processes are evaluated to identify where efficiencies and cost-savings can be realized. This report will describe a process that will provide each utility with the tools to evaluate their present state, set goals for where they want to be regarding Operation and Maintenance (O&M) costs, while offering transformative pathways to achieve these improvements. The transformative changes will be divided into 1) work process improvements, 2) technology solutions, and 3) regulatory reform. By applying these pathways in combination, NPPs can achieve the dramatic O&M savings needed to sustain safe and economic operation into the future.},
doi = {10.2172/1545537},
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {7}
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