RSCC Hosts Annual EPRI Meeting
This fall’s PSE/EPRI Cable Users Group meeting was held October 4-5,2006 at the Marriott Hartford Hotel in Windsor Locks, CT. This meeting is generally held twice a year and RSCC had offered to add a Plant Tour to the agenda and also to sponsor a dinner with all participants. In addition to these activities, RSCC also contributed three important technical presentations which highlighted the RSCC interest in key nuclear cable topics.
Hosting this EPRI meeting was significant because 32 of the key decision makers from the Nuclear Industry were in attendance and with the RSCC technical presentations, hosted dinner and extensive plant tour, RSCC was able to successfully promote our position and commitment to the Nuclear Industry.
Many of the RSCC Key Nuclear Customers participated. To name a few: TVA, Constellation Energy, South Carolina Electric & Gas, Entergy, Westinghouse, Exelon, Ringhals AB, PG&E among others. It gave the participants an opportunity to visit RSCC, a world class cable manufacturer and learn about our innovative products and technology developments.
The technical presentations were targeted to the EPRI attendees who are involved in cable system aging management. It gave them the opportunity to to exchange information, share experiences and learn the latest research results.
Some of the topics addressed by RSCC nuclear cable experts were:
• Cable designs for the next generation of plants
• Cable failures in wet underground applications
• Failure mechanism assessments of medium voltage cables
• Electrical assessment of cable aging through line impedance resonance analysis
• New low-smoke, zero halogen cables for nuclear plants
• Monitoring techniques for cable insulation
The meeting concluded with a three hour in-depth plant tour of the RSCC World Class cable manufacturing facility where more than 1 billion feet of cross-linked wire is sold annually. This tour also highlighted RSCC’s leadership in cross-linking technology as the only North American cable manufacturer with four (4) cross-linking methods under one roof.
About the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with major locations in Palo Alto, California, and Charlotte, North Carolina, was established in 1973 as an independent, nonprofit center for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI brings together members, participants, the Institute’s scientists and engineers, and other leading experts to work collaboratively on solutions to the challenges of electric power. These solutions span nearly every area of electricity generation, delivery, and use, including health, safety, and environment. EPRI’s members represent over 90% of the electricity generated in the United States. International participation represents nearly 15% of EPRI’s total research, development, and demonstration program.