Areva uses robot for nuclear reactor inspection

French nuclear technology group Areva has used a robot to carry out an inspection of a reactor’s primary system.

During a recent outage at a plant in the US, Areva carried out the inspection using its SUSI (Submarine System for Inspection) robot – the first time the technology has been used in America.Areva SUSI robot

This small, remote-controlled submarine navigates the primary system of a nuclear power plant and is equipped with technology to inspect components through ultrasonic and visual testing.

The robot was pioneered by Areva Germany and is already extensively used in Europe, however Areva adapted the technology to meet the requirements of American nuclear power plants.

Philippe Samama, executive vice-president of Areva’s Installed Base Business Unit, said: “SUSI is a remarkable technology, which can be adapted for all types of reactors, enabling utilities across the world to guarantee the long term safety of their operations.”

Meanwhile, Areva and South Korea’s largest utility, KEPCO, have signed a pact to work together in the renewable energy sector.

Under the memorandum of understanding, Areva will identify with KEPCO the commercial opportunities in its fields of expertise in renewable energy: offshore wind, energy storage, concentrated solar power.

The deal will also see the two companies focus their collaboration on biomass in Southeast Asia.

Louis-François Durret, chief executive of Areva Renewables, said the deal  “confirms Areva’s ambitions in renewables”.

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