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Nuclear Energy Applications

  • Radionuclide Monitoring for Nuclear Power Plants

    The continuing establishment of nuclear power stations around the world pose unique environmental challenges for their operators. Ecotech provides air samplers to nuclear power plants for sampling of radionuclides. A nuclear power plant`s radionuclide monitoring network enables continuous sampling of airborne particles onto sample filters contained within High Volume Air Samplers. These filters are then analysed in a laboratory in order to screen for any radiation releases. The challenge has always been to obtain a sufficiently large volume through the filter in order to exceed the laboratory methods minimum detection limits. Ecotech`s MegaVol Sampler, samples at a flow rate of between 120-150 m3/hr providing a high flow rate in order to collect a sufficient sample mass for laboratory analysis. The MegaVol will maintain volumetric flow rate at a preset volume until the filter is either changed or overloaded. The MegaVol can be equipped with a 3G modem in order to remotely monitor flow rate and other diagnostic parameters such as temperature, pressure and wind speed and direction.

    By Ecotech Pty Ltd based in Knoxfield, AUSTRALIA.

  • Noise and vibration monitoring for nuclear power industry

    The nuclear industry must increase the availability and reliability of its power stations whilst ensuring that a high level of safety is maintained. The principal weak points in achieving this objective are the industry`s systems and components.

    By ACOEM based in Limonest, FRANCE.

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    Biogas/Biomethane

    By Aerzener Maschinenfabrik GmbH based in Aerzen, GERMANY.

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    Waste Sorting - Refuse Derived Fuel

    One way in which values within waste can be utilized is by using it as fuel. RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) is a term that applies to materials with a high calorific value (typically around 18 Megajoule per kilogramm) that are removed from waste streams. Beneficiaries of this material cement kilns to power plants. TOMRA Sorting technology has long been utilized in many plants across Europe to produce an RDF material from different waste streams according to the specific needs of the end users. The main purpose of this area of work is to ensure that the RDF has very low chlorine content, typically below 0.7% in weight. TOMRA Sortingis able to achieve this by either selecting the ‘good’ material (‘positive sorting’) or by ejecting the ‘bad’ material from the stream, such as small PVC parts (‘negative sorting’).

    By TOMRA Sorting (TITECH) based in Mülheim-Kärlich, GERMANY.

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    Radiation Monitoring for Nuclear Power

    The nuclear industry, including power plants, research centers and fuel cycle specialists are obliged by law to protect their staff, local populations, the environment and the processes they employ. With this in mind, Saphymo has developed a full range of dedicated products and systems, and plays a major role in radiation protection and ionizing radiation monitoring in both France and on an international scale. Saphymo constantly strives to satisfy safety requirements to the full, reinforce its technological know-how in the management of complex systems and anticipate customer needs, and offers adapted solutions in the fields of operational dosimetry, Radiation Monitoring Systems, contamination control, access control, environmental protection and survey meters. Saphymo also offers a broad panel of services intended to maintain its products in operational condition.

    By Saphymo based in Montigny Le Bretonneux, FRANCE.

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    Waste recovery for nuclear wastes

    Nuclear waste is divided into low, medium, and high‐level waste by the amount of radiological character it contains. Low and Intermediate Level Nuclear waste is the radioactive waste resulting from nuclear facility consumables, clothing, laboratory equipment etc. This waste can adversely affect human health and the environment and therefore must be handled appropriately. Typically, the waste is kept underwater for 3-5 years until the radiation decays to levels that can be shielded by concrete in large storage casks, where it can be held for thousands of years. A challenge for the nuclear industry is the cost associated with conditioning, packaging and storage of these heterogeneous wastes. Therefore, a solution that can decrease the volume of nuclear waste, and reduce the amount of storage required, is considered a commercially advantageous option.

    By Tetronics (International) Limited based in Swindon, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Geostatistics for the Environmental Industry

    Geostatistics is vital for environmental issues as it provides the accurate and reliable solutions for mapping and uncertainty quantification needed by a sector where health is at stake and the remediation costs are considerable.

    By Geovariances based in AVON Cedex, FRANCE.

  • Nuclear/District Survey or Environmental LIMS

    The Matrix LIMS Nuclear Monitoring Solution is a versatile, comprehensive LIMS solution that is available for district survey, liquid discharge, gaseous discharge and chemistry applications. It is a highly configurable software system, suitable for environmental and chemistry applications within the nuclear power generation industry. It applies to both generating stations and during decommissioning. Access to the system is controlled by a comprehensive security system utilising a class based structure relating to job function and / or authority.

    By Autoscribe Informatics based in Reading,, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Water removal filtration

    SAF is the key component for a wide range of enhanced nonwoven filter media fabrics that are designed for the removal of water and particulates from aviation fuel, automotive diesel and a wide range of oils. Such fabrics help reduce problems associated with water contamination in such situations. Its versatility gives rise to cost savings over traditional cellulosic-based absorption media, while offering full compliance potential to stringent international filtration standards – particularly in the aviation fuel and hydraulic oil markets. Applications: A significant reason for the majority of oil and fuel system failures is the presence of high water levels in dissolved, dispersed and free water. SAF-based filter media fabrics can remove both dispersed and free water to very low ppm levels at industry leading rates. This leads to reduced fuel and oil degradation and provides the required filter quality for efficient machine operation.

    By Technical Absorbents based in Grimsby, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Solutions for the textiles industry

    For most of the last decade, Oxford Instruments have been the industry standard throughout the world for finish on fibre determination by benchtop Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Synthetic fibres such as polyamide, polyester and nylon are sprayed with an oil-based coating (spin finish or OPU) to reduce static electricity and friction as well as enhance other physical characteristics.

    By Oxford Instruments plc based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Applications and Air Pollutants Removed in Nuclear Fuel Processing – Energy-Nuclear Power

    Removal of uranium hexafluoride particulate and other radioactive compounds from processing operations.

    By Bionomic Industries Inc. based in Mahwah, NEW JERSEY (USA).

  • Filtration systems & solutions for nuclear industry

    Within the nuclear industry there are ongoing operational challenges and potential hazards associated with environmental emissions and the protection of the workforce, such as high temperatures, high radioactivity, high solids loads and chemically aggressive environments. Therefore the industry demands exceptional levels of technical expertise and quality, in conjunction with specific skills to solve many of its most intractable problems.

    By Porvair Filtration Group based in Fareham, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Radiation monitoring instruments for the Nuclear power industry

    Air-stack-liquid effluent for PWR and BWR Nuclear Power Plants.

    By Technical Associates based in Canoga Park, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Energy and Fuels from Auto Shredder Residue (ASR)

    End of life vehicle processing recovers valuable recyclates and removes for recovery all pollutants from automobiles. After this process, the remaining vehicle is shredded for further treatment into smaller parts called Auto Shredder Residue (ASR) sometimes referred to as Auto Shredder Fluff or Car Fluff. ASR contains a mixture of all the different materials that make up the automobile, including metals, plastics, rubbers and textiles. This mixture of materials makes ASR a difficult waste to handle and potentially harmful to the environment. The Gasplasma® energy from waste process breaks down the ASR: Organic materials are transformed into a hydrogen-rich synthesis gas which is used to generate power / Inorganic materials are vitrified to become Plasmarok® /Any remaining ferrous and non-ferrous metals are recovered

    By Advanced Plasma Power (APP) based in Swindon, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Moisture Monitoring for Nuclear Reactors

    The Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor uses carbon dioxide gas to transfer heat from the nuclear fission core to the water boiler for steam generation. The moisture content needs to be monitored to avoid corrosion damage, and continuous moisture monitoring acts as a boiler leak detector or bulk moisture meter.

    By Moisture Control & Measurement Ltd based in Wetherby, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Pumping solutions for nuclear power plants

    By SRS Crisafulli, Inc. based in Glendive, MONTANA (USA).

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    Air sampling & monitoring systems for commercial nuclear industry

    Since 1973, HI-Q has directly and successfully served the commercial nuclear industry worldwide with reliable, High Quality (HI-Q), continuous duty air sampling equipment, systems and accessories. For over 30 years, our products, professional design capability, and consumables have been used in remote & internal air monitoring programs including stack sampling system designs which implement the “shrouded probe” per ANSI N13.1 1999 design specifications.

    By HI-Q Environmental Products Company based in San Diego, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Radiation Monitoring for Environmental Monitoring

    The environment is one of today’s foremost concerns, and its preservation is among the biggest challenges we need to meet in coming years. Saphymo offers a series of global solutions designed to detect the impact of a nuclear accident on the environment and local populations, and hence facilitate crisis management. Our environmental monitoring networks and mobile devices continuously monitor artificial and natural radiation levels in air, water and soil, and provide data transmission to a central supervision station. These solutions are internationally acclaimed for their autonomy, reliability, and ability to resist harsh environmental conditions.

    By Saphymo based in Montigny Le Bretonneux, FRANCE.

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    Specialty Cleaners and Lubricants for Nuclear Industry

    Our mild yet powerful multi-purpose cleaners are effective in both industrial and critical cleaning applications.  Their unique formulation of chelants, ionic, and non-ionic ingredients produce a variety of cleaning actions that include lifting, dispersing, emulsifying, sequestering, suspending and decomposing.  They are outstanding for cleaning labware, ceramics, and stainless steel. Our detergents can replace hazardous cleaning agents used to remove radioactive materials from glassware, equipment, bench tops, chamber walls and similar surfaces.  The cleaners are also proven in defouling filter membranes used in wastewater treatment systems.

    By International Products Corporation based in Burlington, NEW JERSEY (USA).

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