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    Nuclear Reactors Across the Globe Getting New Lease of Life, With US Leading the Way

  • Apr 23, 2012

    The US is leading the way in nuclear plant life extension and upgrades, according to a new report by energy intelligence company GlobalData.

    The new report* suggests that the growing demand for electricity, increasing safety margins and attempts to avoid the costs associated with new builds are driving the way in which power plants are maintained.

    Plant Life Extension (PLEX) and Plant Life Management (PLIM) are vital issues for ensuring the extended operational life for Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). PLEX is a process in which the original design life of the NPP is extended, and many countries, including the US, Canada and France, are adopting plant life extension as an economical method to meet the growing need for electricity and avoid investment in the construction of new installations. PLIM, on the other hand, helps to optimize a plant’s operating life and maximize its value, managing the life of a plant in a safe and economic way.

    The growing global demand for power is one of the main contributing factors for the increasing importance of PLEX. During 2000 to 2010, electricity consumption grew at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.5%, from 13,044,433 gigawatt hours (GWh) to 18,454,883 GWh. Consumption for 2012 to 2020 is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4%, increasing from 20,114,049 GWh to 27,496,560 GWh.

    To operate safely beyond their original design life, NPPs must undergo maintenance, engineering updates and refurbishment, but the capital cost for building new nuclear plants is still considerably higher than extending their operational life. In turn, the capital cost of plant life management for a long-term operation is lower in comparison to investment in replacement capacity. However, some additional investment in plant modifications, such as power upgrading and safety improvements, may be needed.

    North America is the largest market for PLEX, valued at $42,698m, with the US holding a majority market value of $33,656m. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in the US has approved license renewals for around 71 reactors, with 15 currently under review and a further 17 more license applications expected in the forecast period.

    In Europe, the major PLEX markets are France, the UK, Russia and the Ukraine, with respective market values of $10,044m, $1,870, $1,784m and $1,728m. Numerous extensions were planned in Europe; however, as a result of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, some countries are now phasing out nuclear power from their energy mix.

    *Plant Life Extension (PLEX) and Plant Life Management (PLIM) for Nuclear Reactors - Global Landscape Analysis to 2020

  • Industry News

    ACCEO Solutions Inc. (ACCEO) and Sonepar Canada, are partnering to better serve electricians and builders across Canada. The integration of Sonepar Canada member company products into the ACCEO Estimation software (formerly Expert Estimator) comprises significant benefits for these contractors.

    Connecting Pikangikum First Nation to Ontario's power grid will provide clean energy while making an important contribution to the health and safety of community members and boosting the First Nation's economic development opportunities.

  • Keeping Current

    ZEKELMAN INDUSTRIES announces that American Tube Manufacturing has been officially renamed Atlas Tube – Birmingham. The change reflects the ownership position from the acquisition of American Tube Manufacturing in February 2017 and integration of the Birmingham plant into the Atlas Tube operating system.

    Atlas Tube – Birmingham now stocks an expanded size range of HSS products ready for next-day delivery in the southeastern United States — from .5x.5 up through 8x8. Operations will continue out of its current location led by Tom Muth, president of HSS and piling at Zekelman Industries. "With a larger variety of HSS sizes available for faster delivery in the Southeast, and improved customer service, Atlas Tube – Birmingham complements our long-term strategy of continued growth in the HSS market," said Muth.

    HAMMOND POWER SOLUTIONS (HPS) announced Rick Fassbinder as the new HPS West Regional Sales Manager as of August 14, 2017. Rick resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been in the electrical industry for a number of years, most recently as the West Regional Manager for Meltric. In his career, Rick has worked for electrical equipment manufacturers, an electrical rep, and an electrical distributor. Rick is also a licensed electrical contractor.

    "This is an exciting time as we continue to build the HPS team and position ourselves for long term growth. Rick will be a great addition to HPS and we would like to welcome him to the team," said Hammond Power Solutions.

    www.hammondpowersolutions.com

    HAMMOND POWER SOLUTIONS (HPS), a North American leader for the design and manufacture of dry-type standard and custom electrical engineered magnetics, electrical dry-type and cast resin transformers, announced the appointment of Jay Tucker as Business Development Manager, as of Monday July 31st.

    Jay has a Degree in Electrical Engineering and he will transition from his current role with HPS as the Western Regional Sales Manager. Jay has several years of experience working for electrical manufacturers and a deep knowledge of building demand for HPS products. His previous skills will be an asset to the HPS Marketing team.

    www.hammondpowersolutions.com

  • Product Showcase

    Brady, a global leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, announced today the launch of the new Ultra Compact Lock Box. This new lock box is ideal for group lockout situations with multiple isolation points and employees performing maintenance activities on industrial equipment.

    Etech Instruments, a world leader in test and measurement tools, announced today the launch of the Extech MG320, a robust CAT IV 20GΩ/1000V insulation tester with integrated True RMS multimeter. The new MG320 is ideal for industrial predictive maintenance programs that include routine insulation testing of electrical and electronic equipment and cables.

    Greenlee Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company announces the addition of ITU-T Y.1564, multi-stream BERT and advanced loopback capability to its award-winning DataScout 10G line. The new advanced Ethernet test option enables certifying up to 16 unique Ethernet services per the ITU-T Y.1564 standard or in express multi-stream BERT mode. The new release also supports up to eight stacked VLAN and MPLS tags for each service plus an advanced loopback feature which can detect and control up to six remote devices simultaneously.
     

    Nora Lighting expands its low profile, surface-mounted Opal LED Series with the new AC Opal. The AC Opal does not require a driver and mounts easily over a standard J-Box, even pancake-type fixture boxes in retrofits or new construction.

    AC Opal measures just 7/8” deep by 7 ¼” wide. The low profile is ideal for bathrooms, laundries, utility areas, pantries, closets, showers and more. The fixture is dimmable and produces even illumination with 1050 lumen (15W) at 90+CRI.  A white polymer lens diffuser eliminates LED diode images.

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