AREVA Helps University of Florida Nuclear Engineering Go Digital
September 05, 2008
September 5, 2008
AREVA today signed an agreement with the University of Florida to install a new digital instrumentation and control (I&C) system for the university’s research reactor, located within the College of Engineering’s Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Department. Work on the new I&C system’s design will begin immediately, making this the first joint program of its kind between a leading U.S. university nuclear engineering program and a global nuclear supplier.
AREVA will provide its TELEPERM XS™ digital safety control system, designed for U.S. nuclear reactors. The TELEPERM XS platform – the world market leader in safety I&C – has been proven in a wide variety of power plant types worldwide over the past 10 years.
“We must prepare the next generation of engineers and managers for the next generation of nuclear power plants,” said AREVA NP, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tom Christopher. “In fact, AREVA is already replacing existing nuclear plant analog I&C systems with the newest digital technology used in our Generation III+ Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) design, now under construction in Europe and planned for the United States. We are delighted to be associated with a leading university that also recognizes the importance of additional CO2-free nuclear power to help meet our nation’s growing energy demand.”
"We are pleased to work with AREVA, an international leader in the nuclear power industry, on this project, which will make the University of Florida the only university in the United States with digital control capability for nuclear power training reactors," said University of Florida Vice President for Research Dr. Win Phillips. "With this partnership, our faculty and students will be able to work on leading edge research, education and training in the area of digital control of nuclear reactors."
“With this system, the University of Florida Training Reactor (UFTR) may become the first nuclear facility in the U.S. operating a fully digital control system,” said Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Department Chairman Alireza Haghighat. “As a result, UFTR will be able to establish training courses for personnel of nuclear utilities and government agencies, train highly qualified engineers and scientists in the area of digital control, conduct advanced research in digital control, and potentially establish a center of excellence in digital control.”
As part of its agreement, AREVA will incorporate the Siemens SPPA-T3000™ operational control system to complement the digital I&C technology. The innovative SPPA-T3000 control system allows for the total power plant and turbine control on a common control platform. The same combination of AREVA and Siemens technology is used in the advanced EPR nuclear power plant design.
“Siemens is excited about promoting its relationship with AREVA and now teaming with the top-notch collegiate staff at the University of Florida to upgrade its nuclear program with a state-of-the-art Siemens T3000,” said Siemens Fossil, Instrumentation and Electrical Vice President Joerg Holzapfel.
With technical support from AREVA and Siemens, the University of Florida will be a recognized leader in digital control technology for new nuclear power plants of the future. As part of the agreement, AREVA will assist the College of Engineering in educating students about the nuclear power industry and providing them with real-world exposure to potential career opportunities.