Online Magazine – Safety & Security

1 March 2011 (Last Updated March 1st, 2011 18:30)

The technology that protects power plants and personnel.

Online Magazine – Safety & Security

Safety and security in power stations are very serious issues given the potential scope of disaster that could occur in the event of system failure or an attack. This month we investigate how power plants and systems can be kept safe and secure.

We look at the technology that can help assess fire risk and improve prevention in power stations. We also investigate security issues affecting systems that can be vulnerable to cyber attacks, for example smart grids and nuclear power plants. In a special case study we look at the first fully digital reactor protection system to be implemented at an operating nuclear plant in the US.

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Prevention and Probability

Speaking of fire control, nuclear power plant operators are quick to stress their safety pedigree. But when it comes to reassuring local residents and other interested observers, complacency must be avoided. We look at the technology that can help assess fire risk and improve prevention.
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Smart Security on the Grid

A security breach could easily gridlock a smart grid. But with careful thought, such risks can just as easily be averted – we investigate how.
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Staying Alert

Even in the age of advanced technology, power plants are not immune to accidents and attacks. We look into some recent incidents and explore what can happen if safety measures fail.
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Stuxnet Revisited

Although the Stuxnet malware appears to pose little threat to nuclear facilities, its presence throws light on the cyber security standards the nuclear industry has developed.
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Industry Project: Going Digital

In an industry project special we take a close look at the instrumentation and control upgrade underway at Duke Energy's Oconee Nuclear Station, which will create the first fully digital reactor protection system to be implemented at an operating US nuclear plant.
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Next Issue

In times of increasing power demand and ongoing energy efficiency debate, a focus on the entire electricity network - from the power station to the switch on the wall - is becoming ever more important.

In next month's edition we look at transmission and power grids. We round up efforts to regulate transmission networks across Europe. We also investigate the potential of smart grids to offer a realistic solution to power grid strain and look at the role that substations play in increasing the efficiency of power transmission

We look at the Tres Amigas 'superstation' scheme in the US, as well as major transmission line projects including the Fenno-Skan interconnector linking southern Finland and Sweden.

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