Duke Energy One launches service to provide 3D simulations of nuclear plants

Duke Energy One and L3Harris Technologies are launching a service that will provide 3D simulations of operating nuclear power plants.

Duke Energy One’s 3D Metrology Services program will feature models of nuclear power plants, specially made for each facility, using ultramodern 3D laser scanning technology. L3Harris then pairs the data with an immersive and collaborative environment that offers a suite of decision-making tools ranging from scenarios authoring, radiation simulation, live plant simulation links, data enhancement, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration. The immersive simulations may be coupled with a display environment for teams, known as Orchid IX.

“Nuclear energy – both existing facilities and emerging technologies – is one of the pillars of a clean energy future,” Lon Huber, senior vice president, pricing and customer solutions at Duke Energy, said. “This suite of tools can build customized virtual spaces that mimic actual nuclear facilities – giving nuclear operators access to lifelike layouts and making it easier and faster to develop plans for ensuring continued safe, reliable, efficient and cost-effective operations.”

The data that these immersive simulators provide can help nuclear facilities predict what may happen in their specific environments. That, in turn, can enable them to coordinate complex tasks across locations to save time and money, enhance safety, and mitigate radiation risks. Immersive simulators for nuclear power plants can also serve as critical assets for outage planning and detecting unforeseen difficulties. The solution includes customized training services for each nuclear facility.

“L3Harris has been designing and innovating solutions for nuclear utilities for nearly 50 years for light water reactors, heavy water reactors, gas-cooled reactors, and now small modular reactors. We are proud to be partners with Duke Energy One and to offer an unprecedented joint solution to improve nuclear plant operations and maintenance for the current fleet,” Rangesh Kasturi, president, Maritime International, L3Harris, said.

Duke Energy One is a subsidiary of Duke Energy.

“We know how critical nuclear energy is to individuals, companies, and communities around the world. And we understand the power of teaming up with other strong, progressive companies to put the tools needed for success into the hands of nuclear operators. That’s why we’re excited to work with L3Harris to offer the industry a new way to stay at the forefront of safety, planning, and cost efficiency,” Huber said.

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