Nuclear Power Application

Process Positive Displacement Blowers up to 1 bar (14,5 PSIG)

 

Hibon was the First Company for Supplying Positive Displacement Blowers in the 3rd Generation of Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) in Nuclear Industry.

As recognized supplier in mechanical vapor recompression application, we provide special blower complying with nuclear codes and regulation (RCCM, RCCE…)  in last generation of nuclear power station for Flamanville and Hinkley Point Projects.

In complying with some of highest standards of the industry, we guarantee you top level of :

  • Traceability of material
  • Technical expertise 
  • Quality execution
  • Nuclear Safety
  • Follow up of blower during the full lifetime of plant (maintenance, reparation, spares…)

In being involved in nuclear industry, Hibon is supporting reduction of CO2 emission to make our life better.

Nuclear applications

Blowers used for Nuclear applications

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WHAT IS AN EPR?

EPR is a reactor revolutionary with pressurized water system. It combines advanced safety features with enhanced efficiency and power output.

The EPR was developed as a joint project by several European companies, including Areva (now Framatome) and Siemens.

It is designed to meet stringent safety standards and provide reliable electricity generation.

The EPR has been deployed in several countries, including France, Finland, UK, and China, with varying degrees of success and construction challenges. It represents an advancement in nuclear reactor technology, incorporating improved safety features, higher power output, and enhanced efficiency compared to earlier generations of reactors.

So, the EPR reactor takes existing technology a step further into the future. It incorporates all recent advances in the areas of nuclear safety, environmental protection, technical performance and economic efficiency, delivering safe and competitive power without emitting greenhouse gases.

The EPR design incorporates extremely reliable safety features. More specifically, its safeguard systems comprise four redundant trains, each of which is able to totally fulfill one of the two essential safety functions (stopping the nuclear reaction and cooling the reactor), required to protect man and the environment in any situation.

View of a nuclear power plant.

Key Features And Characteristics of the EPR

  • Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR): The EPR is a type of PWR, which means it uses water as both a coolant and a moderator. The water is kept under high pressure to prevent boiling and maintain its liquid state.
  • Enhanced Safety Systems: The EPR incorporates advanced safety systems to ensure the reactor's safe operation. These include a double containment structure, a core catcher to contain and cool the molten core in case of a severe accident, and passive safety features that rely on natural processes rather than active mechanisms.
  • Higher Power Output: The EPR is designed to produce a higher power output compared to older reactor designs. It typically has a net electrical output of around 1,600 megawatts, making it one of the largest reactors in operation.
  • Improved Efficiency advanced technology to enhance its thermal efficiency, which means it can convert a greater proportion of the released energy into electricity. This leads to improved overall plant efficiency and reduced fuel consumption.
  • Long Operational Lifespan: The EPR is designed to operate for a long period, typically around 60 years. This longevity contributes to the economic viability of the reactor and maximizes its energy production over its lifetime.
  • Stringent Regulatory Standards: The design and construction of the EPR adhere to strict regulatory standards set by nuclear safety authorities, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and national regulatory bodies in countries where the reactors are built.

Cooling towers of a nuclear facility