The power industry in China continued to grow in 2010 with total installed capacity reaching 962 GW, an increase of 88 GW from 2009. Reflecting growth all across the economy, demand for electricity grew almost 15 percent through 2010.
Westinghouse Electric Co. and Southern Nuclear Operating Co. (SNC) partnered to successfully install the Shield passive thermal shutdown seal in the reactor coolant pumps (RCPs) at Unit 1 of the 1,776 MW Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Power Plant near Dothan, Ala.
In late 2008, Exelon Nuclear embarked on its second major campaign of power uprates across the nuclear fleet. Prior to this second campaign, Exelon Nuclear had completed uprates of approximately 1,100 MWe over the past 10 years.
Duke Energy has always had the future of its customer's needs in mind. Duke's progressive attitude, especially for safety, transcends the entire corporation. Duke's commitment to safety also involves replacing old equipment under its life cycle management program. Plants have their equipment replaced after reaching end of life use.
In early August, Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgraded the United States' credit rating to AA+, one level below the top tier of AAA, knocking the U.S. out of the elite class and sending the stock market into a frenzy.
The global emphasis on clean energy technologies continues to grow as power demand worldwide continues to expand. As a result, the bright future of small modular reactor (SMR) technology is getting increasing attention from the energy industry.
The March 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan thrust the issue of nuclear safety back into the social consciousness. A magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami exposed the susceptibility of nuclear generation to forces of nature, heightening global sensitivities around security and emergency responsiveness
Japan will create a more independent nuclear safety agency in April 2012 and plans to scrap the two organizations currently in charge of nuclear oversight. The moves are part of an overhaul of the nation's nuclear safety agencies in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami which damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station in March.
Birns Inc. has introduced a seismically qualified (per IEEE-344) emergency lighting solution for nuclear containment, the Birns Emergency Light Fixture-LED.
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