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AREVA Provides Power Plant Simulator to the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research

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January 22, 2013

LYNCHBURG, Va., January 22, 2013 – AREVA and the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) announced today that AREVA has signed an agreement to provide a nuclear power plant simulator to CAER in the New London Business and Technology Center in Bedford, Va. The simulator, a high-fidelity simulation of AREVA’s EPR™ plant, will be used for human-machine interface (HMI) and human factors (HF) studies. This simulator will facilitate training in and investigation of digital instrumentation and control systems, cyber security and operation of a nuclear power plant.

“We are pleased to be associated with CAER and to provide this simulator to perform important studies and analyses that will directly contribute to the operational excellence of America’s nuclear power industry,” stated Michael Rencheck, CEO and President of AREVA, Inc.

The Center for Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy, one of the primary research areas at the CAER, features the EPR™ simulator as part of a configurable control room, which will provide invaluable technical input for regulatory guidance in a range of applications, including control room design, digital technologies and human performance measures. The AREVA EPR™ plant simulator consists of four operator stations, each able to accommodate up to 10 monitors. CAER will be able to easily configure the number of monitors and interface displays on each monitor for various experiments. The four operator stations can be used as part of an integrated control room environment or separately for individual studies.

CAER is a unique facility made possible in part by generous support from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (TICRC), which provided more than $10 million in grants to support construction of the facility and the purchase of specialized equipment for the control room.

“To date, the United States has not had a configurable control room simulator for research use like the one at the Halden Man-Machine Lab in Norway,” said Bob Bailey, executive director for the CAER. “The simulator provided by AREVA under this agreement, will now enable us to perform critical experiments in the U.S. in areas such as alarm systems, control room design, display navigation and development of human performance measures.”


Michael French
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The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research is a non-profit organization located just outside of Lynchburg, Virginia within Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership that creates working relationships between high-tech industries, major R&D centers and university researchers, and facilitates professional development opportunities for scientists and engineers in the region. Its 30,000 square-foot research and education facility, located in the New London Business and Technology Center in Bedford County, will serve as the region’s source for industry innovation in nuclear and wireless technologies. For more information on the CAER visit

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AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA’s strategy. Its more than 4,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Visit us online at and follow us on Twitter: @AREVAinc.

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