Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Adopts AREVA Technology for Filtered Containment
Venting Systems to Improve Safety of Nuclear Power Plants in Japan
TOKYO -- June 4, 2013
Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) and AREVA (Paris:AREVA) today
announced that they have reached an agreement aimed at improving the safety of
nuclear power plants through the delivery of filtered containment venting
systems (FCVS). The two companies intend to work together, including the
adoption by Hitachi-GE of AREVA technology for the design, fabrication, and
installation of these components. They will be used for the boiling water
reactors (BWR) in Japan.
Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, Hitachi-GE has stepped up its efforts
to improve the safety of nuclear power plants, and AREVA has already installed
FCVS in more than 50 plants worldwide. Hitachi GE has been working with AREVA
to study the functions and performance of FCVS suitable for installation at
BWR nuclear power plants in Japan.
This partnership combines AREVA’s technology, experience, and know-how in FCVS
with Hitachi-GE’s extensive technology, experience, and know-how about BWR
nuclear power plants in Japan to adapt FCVS and achieve early delivery for
FCVS, a solution for enhancing the safety of nuclear power plants, plays an
important role in preventing damage to primary containment vessel (PCV) due to
pressure rises in situations where severe damage has occurred to the reactor,
such as following an event that goes far beyond the design basis event
criteria. FCVS is also a filtering system for removing the radioactive
material throughout different high efficient filter stages.
In addition to its ongoing role in the resolution of the accident at the
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the rehabilitation of surrounding
areas, Hitachi Group also intends to continue contributing to society through
the supply of solutions that improve the safety and reliability of BWR nuclear
power plants, so that they can ensure the stable supply of electric power.
AREVA has established the worldwide “Nuclear Safety Alliance program” in 2011
to provide qualified solution to enhance nuclear safety of the power plants to
mitigate severe accident conditions. 85 projects have been launched in 16
countries for 42 nuclear utilities.
ABOUT HITACHI-GE NUCLEAR ENERGY
Hitachi-GE, a joint venture established by Hitachi, Ltd. and General Electric
Company in July 2007, as one of the world’s leading comprehensive plant
manufacturers, engages in the development, planning, design, manufacture,
inspection, installation, pre-operation, and maintenance of nuclear
reactor-related equipment and is able to execute integrated project
management. Hitachi-GE has been involved with 23 reactors in Japan to date,
including those currently under construction. Among them, it has participated
in all of Japan’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) projects—four ABWRs
are already operational and three are under construction. Overseas, it has
supplied major nuclear reactor equipment for the Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant
AREVA supplies solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its expertise
and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency and ethics are
setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process
of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated
offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor
design and construction, and related services. The Group is also expanding its
operations to renewable energies – wind, solar, bioenergy, energy storage – to
be one of the leaders in this sector worldwide.
With these two major offers, AREVA’s 47,000 employees are helping to supply
ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of
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