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Title: The year 2000 power plant

Every utility seeks extended service life from its existing power plants before building new ones. It is not easy to justify a new power plant. The licensing and cost of new plants have become uncertain. In response to these conditions, electric utilities are undertaking plant life-extension studies and, in some cases, reconditioning/upgrading old power plants to significantly increase useful service life. Other technologies like robotics and artificial intelligence/expert systems are also being developed to reduce operating and maintenance (O and M) expenses, to remove workers from potentially hazardous environments, and to reduce plant downtime. Together, these steps represent an interim solution, perhaps providing some relief for the next few decades. However, there are serious physical and economic limits to retrofitting new technology into existing power plants. Some old plants will simply be beyond their useful life and require retirement. In nuclear plants, for instance, retrofit may raise important and time-consuming licensing/safety issues. Based on their robotics and artificial intelligence experience, the authors of this article speculate bout the design of the year 2000 power plant - a power plant they feel will naturally incorporate liberal amounts of robotic and artificial intelligence technologies.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6015779
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: IEEE Comput. Applicat. Power; (United States); Journal Volume: 2:2
Research Org:
PSE and G Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Task Forces, NJ (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE; USES; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; SERVICE LIFE; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; COMPUTERIZED CONTROL SYSTEMS; EXPERT SYSTEMS; FORECASTING; PLANNING; RETROFITTING; ROBOTS; SAFETY; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; CONTROL SYSTEMS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; POWER PLANTS; PUBLIC UTILITIES; THERMAL POWER PLANTS 200104* -- Fossil-Fueled Power Plants-- Components; 990210 -- Supercomputers-- (1987-1989); 296000 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Electric Power; 220400 -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Control Systems; 220900 -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Reactor Safety