San Onofre and Steam Generator Design at Atomic Power Review.
An excellent post by Dan Yurman, Debunking Some Nuclear Nonsense, introduced me to the controversies about the new steam generators at San Onofre. The steam generators are newly installed, and having unexpected problems. His post also introduced me to Arnie Gundersen's critiques of the San Onofre steam generators, how they were made, how they were designed, etc. These critiques were funded by Friends of the Earth.
I try to stick to energy issues in my own region, the Northeast, but this situation got under my skin. You see, I actually know a great deal about steam generators and their issues. I was a project manager in the Steam Generator Owner's Group at EPRI. When I left EPRI to start my own company, I had contracts to help utilities with steam generator chemistry decisions. My contracts were in the U.S. and abroad. My expertise was in demand.
So, of course I fired off a geeky letter to the ANS mailing list about steam generators. Will Davis of Atomic Power Review asked me to de-geek the letter a bit. He said he would put it on his blog, Atomic Power Review.
My post is up at Atomic Power review today. I'm proud of it, and I very pleased that Will Davis encouraged me to write it. It's getting a lot of hits...
Update: I was going to put in a series of links to other SG articles, but the NEI blog post today has done it for me. A Reader's Guide to the San Onofre Steam Generator Situation. Great guide to SG posts by Barq, Davis, Yurman, and people at Southern California Edison. Thanks for the comprehensive guide to steam generator issues at SONGS.
Graphic of steam generator support plates courtesy of AREVA.