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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

    Toyota Canada today took an important step towards the future of sustainable mobility in Canada, announcing that the Toyota Mirai – powered by hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain technology – is coming to

    With its sustainable development strategy and diverse natural resources, Canada is today the 4th leading country in the world for clean energy adoption with two thirds of its electricity generated by renewable resources[1]. To help meet Canadian federal regulations requiring a 50% reduction in coal emissions by 2030 and Nova Scotia regulations requiring 40% renewable energy by 2020, Nexans has installed North America’s longest submarine electricity cables as part of the Maritime Link Project conducted by NSP Maritime Link Inc. (NSPML), an indirect subsidiary of Emera Inc.

  • Keeping Current

    BJ TAKE Vice President of Sales, Doug Wilson, announces that they have partnered with A.M. Agency in Alberta and Next Inc., headquartered in the maritime provinces, to bring its LED lighting products to the Canadian market.

    Doug explains “the significance of these partnerships is that prospective customers in Alberta and the maritime provinces can enjoy the energy-efficient lighting solutions offered by BJ Take while experiencing some of the best customer service in the industry”. He continued, “Canadian manufactured LED lighting products are important to both our environment and our economy. By buying a Canadian made product you are bolstering our economy while having access to local manufacturing that is both flexible and offers short lead times”.

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    STANDARD PRODUCTS announces the addition of two new Account Managers to its Montreal Sales Team.

    Stella Cammalleri joins STANDARD with more than 12 years experience in customer service, and a year in the lighting industry. "The addition of Stella will be a great addition to the Montreal Sales Team and will help the company maintain a high level of customer satisfaction," said STANDARD.

    STANDARD also welcomes Céleste Tremblay to its Montréal Sales Team. With more than 15 years of experience in customer service, Céleste will be a great help in building and maintaining relationships with existing and future customers.

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    BJ TAKE recently announced that Upper Canada Industries will be taking over the Toronto territory. Vice President of Sales, Doug Wilson explained “the Toronto market represents a major portion of the Ontario marketplace and as such needed to have local customer service that specializes in distributor and specifier relations”. In addition to Central Ontario, Upper Canada Industries will focus on capturing a larger marketshare of the energy-efficient lighting industry in Toronto.

  • Product Showcase

    Industry 4.0 scenarios such as Predictive Maintenance are based on the provision of data and networked communication. For this to happen, IoT-compatible devices equipped with the necessary communication options are required. With its new IoT interface, Rittal is now laying the foundation for the optimal integration of cooling units and chillers in Industry 4.0 applications. This makes continuous communication from the sensor to the cloud possible, as well as connection to superordinate monitoring or energy management systems.

    BlockMaster Electronics, Inc., a leading supplier of terminal blocks for electrical and electronic distribution, announces a new extension to its existing line of High Output Power modular feed-through terminal blocks, designed specifically for DIN Rail or panel mounting. The new 3-pole high-power block is rated at 90 Amps and 600 Volts for electrical applications in power panel distribution.

    Emerson launched an innovative new line of power supply redundancy modules delivering more operational reliability than competitors' modules, and ensuring additional protection against critical power failures in hazardous locations and harsh industrial environments.

    Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc., a global leader in lighting and a member of the Panasonic Group, is expanding its continuum of LED retrofit solutions with its EVERLINE® LED Professional Retrofit Kit (PRK). The pan-style fixture retrofit kit is designed to replace existing fluorescent solutions including prismatic troffers, direct/indirect luminaires, volumetric luminaires and parabolic luminaires.

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