Electricite de France has filed a patent for a platform design for nuclear facilities. The platform includes a floating support on water, with a floor made of beams and removable slabs. The design allows for easy access and maintenance within the facility. GlobalData’s report on Electricite de France gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Electricite de France, Battery management systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Electricite de France's grant share as of January 2024 was 64%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Floating platform for nuclear facility pool with removable floor slabs

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Electricite de France SA

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240021330A1) describes a floating platform designed for the maintenance of a nuclear facility. The platform includes a floor with beams and removable slabs supported by the beams, resting on a floating support that floats on water in a pool within the nuclear facility. The floating support is annular and internally defines an opening, with the floor completely closing the opening. Removable slabs cover more than 50% of the opening, and the floating support can consist of multiple floating blocks attached to each other, forming a ring with varying widths.

Additionally, the floating platform includes a system for immobilizing the platform in a horizontal plane and features removable slabs with holes for thermocouple columns. These columns can be fitted with a soft tarpaulin or biological protection for added safety. The design of the platform allows for easy maintenance and access to different areas of the nuclear facility, ensuring efficient and safe operations. Overall, the patent application outlines a unique and innovative solution for maintaining nuclear facilities using a floating platform with specific features to enhance functionality and safety.

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