Duke Energy employees awarded for nuclear industry innovation
Duke Energy employees from Robinson Nuclear Plant received a Top Innovative Practice (TIP) award for the development of a control room glasstop simulator during this year’s Nuclear Energy Assembly, hosted by the Nuclear Energy Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization.
Nuclear operators regularly train on a nuclear plant’s control room simulator, which mirrors the actual control room exactly. With an upcoming upgrade to the Robinson plant, the team looked for an additional way to train operators so they would be ready for this plant upgrade. As a solution, a first-of-a-kind engineering project was designed that fully replicates the control room training simulator through digital glasstop panels, allowing operating crews to train well in advance of plant modifications.
“Thanks to our talented, experienced and industry-leading team, we have a vital tool for training employees on a platform that can be maintained and sustained effectively for years to come,” said Ernie Kapopoulos, site vice president of Robinson Nuclear Plant.
“Innovations like the ones recently recognized by the industry help ensure nuclear power plants will continue to provide carbon-free, reliable electricity to customers for years to come,” added Kapopoulos.
Duke Energy was one of 12 awardees recognized at the awards in Atlanta. The award-winning Robinson team includes Dilip Sunthankar, Terry Giese, Saeed Khalfay, Daniel Bacon and Bryan Waldsmith.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.
The company’s Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit serves approximately 7.6 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Renewables unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the U.S.
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