Exelon Nuclear operates the two of three units at Peach Bottom that are currently in operation. These units began commercial operation in Every safety system has at least one independent back-up system and many have more than one.
This article originally appeared on PA Post. But about 50 miles south, operators of another nuclear power station hope to stay in business until at least Originally, the reactors each had a license to last 40 years.
The operators joke that they still consult paper manuals in three-ring binders. The system that controls the two giant Peach Bottom reactors in York County is largely analog, installed when the company then known as Philadelphia Electric Co. The current owner, Exelon Generation, says it expects to fully digitize the control room in the next decade, part of an ongoing effort to modernize a plant that supplies electricity to 2. As the construction of new nuclear power plants fell off after the Three Mile Island accident in — the average age of a U.
Energy is something that many of us tend to take for granted; we flip a switch and expect your light, computer, or blender to just turn on. Through funding from the Kleinman Center, ten students were able to meet with engineers who work at the plant, learn about the inner workings of nuclear power generation, and get a tour of the facilities. Located about an hour and a half west of Philadelphia in Delta, Pennsylvania, Peach Bottom is a nuclear power plant operated by Exelon that generates about MW and provides power for over two million people in the region.
Nuclear energy is the only energy source immune to all extreme weather events — by design. The safety mechanisms built into these plants are so stringent and secure that they can even withstand a plane flying directly into them. Regardless of the type of weather event — hurricane, flood, earthquake, heat wave, or severe cold — nuclear units out-perform other generation types consistently to the benefit of electricity customers.
A fire from spent fuel stored at a U. The revelations come on the heels of a report last week from the U. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the aftermath of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. The report details how a spent fuel fire at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that was crippled by the twin disasters could have released far more radioactivity into the environment.
Exelon Corp. The workers were contracted through a Louisiana-based consulting company, Aptim. Those workers included welders, scaffolding builders and other skilled-trade positions, Exelon spokeswoman Lacey Dean said.
Fifty miles southeast of the state capital, Harrisburg, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station is a key part of an industry that supports companies and 16, jobs in the state. Here are five ways Peach Bottom is at the cutting edge of national trends in nuclear energy:. Pennsylvanians can be proud of the role nuclear plays in the clean energy future of their state and the country. Technology Leadership.