Westinghouse develops emergency nuclear system

Leading nuclear product supplier, Westinghouse Electric Company, has designed an emergency system, which they claim can keep spent nuclear fuel safe in emergency situations. The system caters for such circumstance […]

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By Tom Gibson

Leading nuclear product supplier, Westinghouse Electric Company, has designed an emergency system, which they claim can keep spent nuclear fuel safe in emergency situations.

The system caters for such circumstance as a plant losing power and overheating, by installing a primary ‘cooling loop’ located inside the reactor building and having a secondary mobile cooling loop off-site for emergency use.

Nick Liparulo, senior vice president, Westinghouse Nuclear Services said: “Recent industry events have placed increased focus on the need to be prepared for every contingency. We are extremely pleased that we could apply our spent fuel cooling expertise and technology to develop this new product that will serve to provide an added layer of safety for nuclear plants around the world.”

The stand-alone backup system removes heat from the spent fuel pool during site emergencies when off-site electrical power or emergency diesel power is not available.

The new system intends to reduce the time required for system assembly, key for emergency situations say Westinghouse.

Design features of the Westinghouse EFPCS include: seismic requirements, environmental release limits, fuel pool temperature limits, supplemental cooling mode, remote operating interface, independent diesel power and SFP keep-fill system.