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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Integrated Operation for Nuclear (ION)


Goa​​​l

Achieve light water reactor fleet electric market competitiveness by transforming the nuclear business model through a top-down, business-driven transformation process, achieved through three primary activities: 

  • Identify and validate performance capabilities and work reduction opportunities necessary to achieve cost competitiveness. 

  • Develop the process to evaluate the appropriate technology, process, and/or governance change needed to achieve a cost-competitive business model.

  • Engage stakeholders to validate guidelines for implementation.

​Outcome

Research is being conducted with owner-operators to develop and deploy an advanced concept of operations for existing nuclear power plants. It employs restructuring plant processes and existing technologies to reduce operating costs using advanced technologies and a more technology-enabled staff. Critical to this approach is advanced digital technologies. The adoption of an advanced concept of operations will enable us to restructure the nuclear power plant operating model, resulting in new and more efficient ways of working. This model, Integrated Operations for Nuclear (ION), uses plant-specific market analysis to identify goals for operation and management costs and a plant capacity factor needed for long-term commercial viability. ​A plant or organization-specific transformation strategy is developed to identify needed technology and process modifications, including goals for staffing and qualifications to achieve the targeted sustainability goals. Also provided are improved methods for achieving plant safety margins, reductions in unnecessary conservatism and approaches to best use expertise from across the nuclear enterprise. 

Planned Major Accomplishments

  • Develop an industry-transferable process for significant nuclear work function innovation based on ION concepts. 

  • Develop a methodology tool set for nuclear work function innovation based on macro ergonomics systems approaches and solutions. 

  • Develop advanced concepts in digital remote collaboration to enable virtual organizations to conduct nuclear plant work functions seamlessly with the on-site staff. 

  • Develop a technology integration roadmap that maximizes nuclear plant performance improvement and cost reduction in plant control and monitoring, work activity automation, worker efficiency, human performance, risk management​ and operational decision-making, through the synergistic combination of advanced digital technologies.​


Reports​​ 

 

 

Complete Evaluation of ION Cost Reduction Opportunities for LWRS Program Pathways, INL/RPT-23-74595270859The purpose and mission of the Integrated Operations for Nuclear Business Model and research effort at Light Water Reactors Sustainability (LWRS) Program is to identify and integrate technological and programmatic changes and modernizations to nuclear plant operations. These changes, called “work reduction opportunities,” are first advanced and integrated into the integrated operations for nuclear model then verified and explored further in applied ways with partnering utilities and plant sites. As the integrated operations for nuclear model gains structure, researchers actively seek to incorporate new work reduction opportunities as components to the existing work reduction opportunities suite from ongoing research within the LWRS Program. To achieve this, each pathway in the LWRS Program was assessed, and interviews conducted with each pathway lead to gather insights into current and future research and development efforts that could contribute to the creation of new work reduction activities.9/26/2023 11:10:20 PMINL/RPT-23-74595 Revision 0 Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program Complete Evaluation of ION Cost Reduction Opportunities for LWRS Program Pathways September 2023 U.S. 76https://lwrs.inl.gov/Advanced IIC System Technologies/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
Development of a Technical, Economic, and Risk Assessment Framework for the Evaluation of Work Reduction Opportunities, INL/RPT-23-74724270890The report concludes by summarizing the overall effort and implications for utility modernization. The performance of the screening and TERA are discussed as well as the impact on the nuclear industry. The TERA process enables utilities to evaluate and inform investment decisions for WROs and mitigate any potential risks. Through this research, we provide utilities with a valuable framework to optimize operations, reduce costs, and drive continuous process improvement.9/27/2023 2:15:56 PMU.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy This information was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the U.S. Government As NPPs continue to add new 117https://lwrs.inl.gov/Advanced IIC System Technologies/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
Applying the ION Business Model to a Domestic Nuclear Plant: Assessment and Transformation Implementation Plan, INL/RPT-23-73942270100The purpose of this report is to communicate the next phase of research associated with the Integrated Operations for Nuclear (ION) business model advanced and detailed by the researchers who are part of the Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program. Previous reports detailed work-reduction opportunities and their potential impact on savings, operations and maintenance (O&M) cost reductions to domestic nuclear plants. Advancing the concept once again, researchers have developed and now tested a methodology for assessing a nuclear plant and developing a roadmap for implementation of ION. This report describes that process, which was completed with a domestic nuclear site partner.9/25/2023 6:58:23 PMU.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy This information was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the U.S. Government The purpose of this report is to 89https://lwrs.inl.gov/Advanced IIC System Technologies/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
Development of Analysis Methods that Integrate Numeric and Textual Equipment Reliability Data, INL/RPT-23-74530283426In this report we show in detail how the integration and reasoning from numeric and textual ER data elements is performed. First, we present the developed library of MBSE modelsthat focus on common NPP systems and assets. Then we show the development of computational methods designed to process and analyze numeric and textual ER data elements simultaneously. Here, we apply the developed computational methods on the circulating water system of an existing NPP. Our final considerations provide additional insights on further potential applications of these methods to support additional NPP decisions. 9/16/2023 5:31:06 AMINL/RPT-23-74530 Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program Development of Analysis Methods that Integrate Numeric and Textual Equipment Reliability Data September 2023 U.S. 110https://lwrs.inl.gov/Advanced IIC System Technologies/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
Integrated Operations for Nuclear: Work Reduction Opportunity Demonstration Strategy, INL/RPT-23-74671288599This document leverages these select ION WROs as a starting point to initiate a specific WRO demonstration strategy. The strategy addresses the select ION WROs categories described above with the intent of applying this outline to other WROs in the future.9/15/2023 3:23:52 PMU.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear This information was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the U.S. Government Neither the U.S. Government nor any 330https://lwrs.inl.gov/Advanced IIC System Technologies/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
FY 23 ION-Based Approaches to Address Labor and Knowledge Retention, INL/RPT-23-73454269998A review of published reports and knowledge gained by working in the nuclear energy sector will form the basis for this scoping study. This study will not seek to draw any conclusions regarding the underlying causes of these personnel issues but will attempt to ask questions and help outline future research. The Integrated Operations for Nuclear business model provides opportunities to partially mitigate some of the current issues facing staffing the nuclear fleet. 10/27/2023 2:01:14 PMU.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy This information was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the U.S. Government S. Jason Remer, Anna C. Hall 56https://lwrs.inl.gov/Advanced IIC System Technologies/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
Integrated Operations for Nuclear Business Operation Model Analysis and Industry Validation, INL/RPT-22-68671, Rev 1274539Researchers selected nine work reduction opportunities from the full ION. A selected group of utilities verified details of the work reduction opportunities and inputs to the ION model first published in the original report. Verification categories included capital cost, technology requirements, and operational and maintenance savings, among others. Researchers then modeled the data points and data ranges using probabilistic analysis to predict the likelihood of positive or negative net present value outcomes.1/25/2023 11:22:14 PMINL/RPT-22-68671 Revision 1 Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program Integrated Operations for Nuclear Business Operation Model Analysis and Industry Validation January 2023 460https://lwrs.inl.gov/Advanced IIC System Technologies/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
A Novel Data Obfuscation Method to Share Nuclear Data for Machine Learning Application, INL/RPT-22-69871274561The nuclear power industry is data-rich and these data introduce a tremendous potential for automation and cost savings. On the other hand, research organizations, among other stakeholders, have very capable methods and solutions often developed using simulated or synthetic data due to the lack of real data. One cause of this disconnect is data privacy. Data privacy is of paramount importance in all industries, but especially the nuclear industry. This challenge motivated the data obfuscation method called deceptive infusion of data (DIOD).11/15/2022 3:18:42 PMU.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy This information was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the U.S. Government One cause of this disconnect is 180https://lwrs.inl.gov/Advanced IIC System Technologies/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
Integrated Operations for Nuclear Business Operation Model Analysis and Industry Validation, INL/RPT-22-68671185713Integrated Operations for Nuclear Business Operation Model Analysis and Industry Validation, INL/RPT-22-68671, August 2022.8/30/2022 10:21:38 PMU.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy This information was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the U.S. Government The purpose of this report is to 338https://lwrs.inl.gov/Advanced IIC System Technologies/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
Using Information Automation and Human Technology Integration to Implement Integrated Operations for Nuclear, INL/RPT-22-68076162102Using Information Automation and Human Technology Integration to Implement Integrated Operations for Nuclear, INL/RPT-22-68076, July 20227/28/2022 4:40:27 PMINL/RPT-22-68076 Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program Using Information Automation and Human Technology Integration to Implement Integrated Operations for Nuclear July 2022 319https://lwrs.inl.gov/Advanced IIC System Technologies/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf

​​For more information, contact

Craig A. Primer
Plant Modernization, Pathway Lead
Idaho National Laboratory
​ ​Integrated Operations for Nuclear Business Operation Model Analysis

​Integrated Operations for Nuclear (ION)​​