Reuter-Stokes to Provide Key Monitoring Detectors for Swiss Nuclear Power Plant
Dec. 20, 2022 - Reuter-Stokes, a Baker Hughes business, has secured a multi-year agreement with Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt (KKL), a nuclear power plant in Leibstadt, Switzerland, to provide its in-core neutron detectors and auxiliary solutions to KKL, which produces 14 percent of Switzerland’s electricity.
Reuter-Stokes’ measurement solutions are deployed in all nuclear plants worldwide that use a boiling water reactor. For KKL’s reactor, Reuter-Stokes will install its in-core neutron detectors and auxiliaries to measure the reactor’s neutron flux – the rate of flow of neutrons through the reactor – during start-up and full power operations. This is critical to providing the reactor’s control system with the information needed to function safely.
The technology will be manufactured from Reuter-Stokes’ global headquarters in Twinsburg, Ohio.
“We’re looking forward to extending our successful partnership with KKL, one of the sector’s leaders,” said Rod Martinez, vice president of Reuter-Stokes. “Our agreement further underlines our nuclear reactor monitoring capabilities. Pushing the boundaries of innovation, we’ll continue to develop expertise and technology that enables our customers to optimize their performance.”
Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt stated: “The multi-year agreement ensures the continuous delivery of the detectors over many years. We really appreciate the good cooperation with Reuter-Stokes and its employees. Reliability is very important to us, and the transfer of know-how in both directions creates a win-win situation for both companies.”
Reuter-Stokes has more than 60 years’ experience in the development of nuclear instrumentation systems for source, intermediate and power range neutron detectors. The company also provides additional services for boiling water reactors, including environmental monitoring of ion chambers, gamma thermometer LPRM probes, dry tube assemblies, position indicators and water chemistry probes.