Thursday, 23 May 2013, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
Commercial Nuclear Power Generation--Past, Present, and Future
Joe McGuigan, Architect Engineering Branch Manager, EDF Energy
This event occurred on: Thursday, 23 May 2013, 6 p.m.
Commercial nuclear power generation, past, present and future. - From the first recorded controlled nuclear fission reaction in 1938 and first electricity generated from a nuclear reactor in 1951, the talk will look at the factors that shaped the current designs of reactor in use in the UK and the basic nuclear theory and engineering principles underpinning the design. The talk will also look at the environmental and commercial factors driving future electricity generation and how this is shaping future developments.
Joe originally began his career in the steel industry at British Steel's Ravenscraig works graduating as a Metallurgist. In 1982 Joe moved on into the South of Scotland Electricity Board (SSEB), and then spent the years since then in various roles supporting for a wide range of plant across hydro, thermal, and nuclear generation culminating in the role of Plant Engineering Manager. A couple of years ago, recognising the significant increase in investment being made in the plant to support life extension, Joe was asked to look at best practice in other industries to ensure SSEB got the best value in terms of safety and operational benefit for the investment made. With a small team Joe carried out some benchmarking visits and introduced the concept of Architect Engineering to EDF Energy, Nuclear generation. Joe is in the process of embedding this practice across the investment portfolio and delivering the resultant benefits.