In recent months EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) has delivered a series of conferences to its personnel on different types of technologies: Westinghouse reactors (AP1000 and “traditional” PWR), VVER, CANDU, KWU, etc. The objective of these sessions has been to increase their capabilities as regards the research work they are performing in the nuclear field.
Tecnatom was invited in order to analyse in detail the technical difference existing between KWU and Westinghouse PWR technologies. The two conferences delivered at the EPRI facilities at Charlotte and Palo Alto dealt both with technical design aspects, chemistry and materials and with issues relating to the operation and inspection of the two reactor types. The conferences ended with responses to queries posed by the more than 30 people who attended each session, both in situ and on-line.
This invitation constitutes recognition of Tecnatom’s overall experience of the operation of different reactor technologies, gleaned from having trained the licensed operators of a large number of nuclear power plants of different types over the years.