Harnessing Early Warning Solutions in Nuclear Power Plants
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No industry is immune from accidents. Nuclear power plant operations present numerous dangers due to the substances involved when running a nuclear plant, such as chemicals and gases (ammonia for water pH control, CO2 for reactor operation and fire suppression).
There are also some conventional mechanics and electrical hazards, such as electricity needed to run high-voltage equipment or vehicles moving on site. However, the possibility of nuclear fuel and radiation release has been sparking the most concerns among the public. These substances can not only be fatal to humans but to the environment overall as they remain radioactive and dangerous for thousands of years.
Nuclear power in the UK
In the late 1990s, nuclear power plants contributed around 25% of total annual electricity generation in the UK, but this number has gradually decreased due to old plants being shut down as they are exceeding their service life.
The UK currently generates about 15% of its electricity from about 6.5 GW of nuclear capacity. However, it is important to note that the 2008 Climate Change Act (CCA) committed the UK to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions – ‘net zero’ – by 2050.
The UK’s government is projecting a rise in nuclear power plant capacity to 24GW by 2050 which is supposed to provide 25% of electricity for the country. In November 2020 the government published The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, which announced funding and support in 10 areas, which includes delivering new and advanced nuclear power.
Safety in nuclear power plants
Telegrafia delivers a perfect method for ensuring safety in nuclear power plants: an early warning and notification system, providing tailored solutions for each object, regardless of the magnitude of operations.
It is a state-of-the-art and reliable solution, which adheres to stringent safety regulations in the industry. Electronic sirens and monitoring systems detect any critical events in the plant and the area, such as meteorological conditions, seismic activity, and leakage of radioactive substances. The system is also capable of automatically summoning emergency services and informing designated personnel or relevant institutions.
Furthermore, Amadeo PA system units installed in the nuclear power plant provide early warning within separate buildings in the vicinity of a power plant. Amadeo’s units can work independently and respond locally to specific operational occurrences. Visual signalization applying beacons upgrade the warning efficiency in noisy industrial units.
Lastly, the Pavian electronic sirens produce high acoustic pressure which covers an area outside the plant of approximately 20km. In the event of power failure or extreme temperatures, Pavian is fully functional due to various ways of power supply methods and resistance to temperature disturbances.
Safety is our priority and Telegrafia is here to provide the experience and knowledge of early warning and notification solutions in the energy industry.
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Gabriele is a Marketing Assistant, focusing on the Baltics and the UK. Her analytical approach, continuous learning, and curiosity are the qualities that help her navigate a dynamic business environment. On weekends she spends time offline & hiking in High Tatra Mountains or enjoying time somewhere else in nature.