Cookeville, TN March 16, 2015
RTT Receives Second Contract From EPRI for “Development of Remote Operated Vehicle Prototype on Dry Stainless Steel Storage Canister for Used Nuclear Fuel”
Robotic Technologies of Tennessee (RTT) reached an Agreement with the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) of Palo Alto, California for calendar year 2015 to continue the development of RTT’s mobile robotic platform (“MRP”) for use on stainless steel storage canisters containing used nuclear fuel (also known as dry cask storage systems or “DCSS”). The Agreement calls for RTT to build and test two miniature MRPs, one capable of operating on ferrous materials, the other, non-ferrous. The ferrous system will use magnets to adhere to surfaces, the non-ferrous system will use suction. Both MRP systems will integrate EPRI selected non-destructive examination (NDE) devices.
RTT Contracted To Demonstrate Mobile Robotic Inspection System At Nuclear Sites
The Agreement requires RTT to demonstrate the MRPs at a number of locations that have DCSS configurations. The demonstration DCSS configurations consist of cutaways and unloaded DCSSs. Cutaway location sites have concrete overpack partially removed to allow for access to the canister, or both the overpack and canister partially removed to allow access and visibility to both the canister and the concrete overpack. Unloaded DCSSs are actual DCSSs without spent fuel loaded in the canister.
“We want the nuclear power industry to know if we can use remote operated vehicles to conduct inspections on DCSS,” says Steve Glovsky, Executive Vice President of RTT. “Testing on cutaways and mockups approximates certain field conditions that must be addressed before we can test in-situ on a DCSS.“
“RTT has been putting mobile inspection and manufacturing platforms in the field at larger scale for many years,” says Dr. Jamie Beard, RTT President. “This Agreement affords us an opportunity to show that our platforms scale to much smaller sizes.”
RTT designs, builds and sells mobile inspecting and manufacturing platforms. When mounted with manufacturing or inspecting tools, these systems deliver the benefits of factory automation to non-factory environments. RTT systems operate in a variety of environments including shipyards, tank terminals and wind farms. Applications include welding, inspection, cutting and grinding. Field fabricators and inspectors can save up to 80% when compared to manual alternatives. RTT systems are operating throughout the United States and around the world meeting challenging weather, operator and fabrication conditions. RTT patented and patent pending technologies are novel solutions for bringing automated and robotic systems to the $10 billion plus welding and inspection industry.
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI’s members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI’s principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.