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L3 MAPPS to update simulator for DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant

Posted Wed 23rd Aug 2017 | Industry & Power

L3 MAPPS will update the simulator it provided Swiss technology company ABB in 2006 for DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in Newport, Michigan.

The General Electric Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) power plant produces 1.1 million kilowatts of electricity, or 30 percent of Michigan’s total nuclear generation capacity.

“We have extensive experience on the Fermi 2 simulator and are very excited about this first opportunity to work directly with ABB and demonstrate our simulation capabilities,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation.

The contract represents a joint effort between L3 MAPPS and ABB to modify the Newport power plant’s 120-kilovolt switchyard alongside changes to the actual switchyard equipment itself and ABB’s Symphony Plus process control system that controls everything.

L3 MAPPS will also update the simulator’s process models and provide a hardware interface consisting of a compact I/O system and power supplies that will allow the Fermi 2 plant simulation to communicate with a replica of the ABB DCS hardware and software for the 120-kilovolt switchyard.

“This work on the simulator will help DTE Energy’s operations personnel become familiar with the changing configuration on the electric grid and ensure successful plant operations for years to come,” Chatlani said.

Authored by Ms. Lori Ponoroff
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