AREVA Inc. Manufactures and Delivers Detectors for Real-time Monitoring of Palo Verde Reactors
October 07, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 7, 2015 – AREVA Inc. has been awarded a contract to manufacture self-powered in-core detector assemblies (ICDAs) for Arizona Public Service Company’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Wintersburg, Ariz. These detectors provide real-time data of reactor core conditions, enhancing the reactor’s efficient operation.
“With AREVA’s in-core detectors, reactor operators have the information they need to navigate transient conditions and to detect and diagnose anomalies,” said George Beam, senior vice president of Installed Base Services at AREVA Inc. “Innovations such as these in-core detection systems demonstrate AREVA’s ability to constantly develop new ways to support the safe, reliable and efficient operation of nuclear energy facilities across the country.”
The ICDAs are highly reliable due to a streamlined design without moving parts or need for an external power supply. They are small in diameter, which allows for safe and efficient installation. The systems will be custom designed for the specificities of the Palo Verde site and will be manufactured at AREVA’s facility in Lynchburg, Va.
AREVA delivered the first two in-core detectors to Palo Verde in October 2015 and will deliver 54 more detectors by the end of the year.