INL scientists receive energy award

Nuclear scientists at Idaho National Laboratory and Arizona Public Service received an award for collaborative research on extending the life of nuclear reactors. From left: INL scientists Shawn St. Germain and Ronald Farris, Arizona Public Service scientists Carlos Williams and Mohammad Karbassian and INL scientist Bruce Hallbert.

Three Idaho National Laboratory nuclear scientists were honored for research that will help extend the life of operating nuclear reactors.

Nuclear scientists Shawn St. Germain, Ronald Farris and Bruce Hallbert recently received the Materials, Management Processes and Support Services Award from the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, D.C. They received the award along with fellow scientists Carlos Williams and Mohammad Karbassian from Arizona Public Service.

Last fall, INL scientists teamed up with Arizona’s largest electrical utility at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Wintersburg, Ariz., to develop and initiate a pilot project for advanced outage control centers at nuclear power plants.

The centers allow nuclear plants to improve efficiency and communication when nuclear reactors are powered down periodically for refueling or repairs.

The research is an extension of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program.

“(The team) utilized state-of-the-art organizational methods and information-sharing technologies that greatly increased productivity, saved weeks of time and reduced costs,” a Nuclear Energy Institute news release said.