Like all power generation plants, the Browns Ferry Nuclear (BFN) Plant, in northern Alabama, US, faces many challenges to meet the power demands of a growing and urbanising population.
BFN prides itself on safe, efficient and affordable electric power generation for its customers.
As the first nuclear power plant of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nation's largest public power company, BFN was the first nuclear plant in the world to generate more than 1 billion watts of power and was the world's largest when it began operation in 1974.
In 2006, BFN helped TVA achieve 99.999% operational reliability for the fifth year in a row. But a decade ago, lightning strikes to BFN's off-gas stack were hampering reliability.
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