TVA Employees Receive National Awards for Nuclear Innovation
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Two teams of Tennessee Valley Authority employees received Top Industry Practice (TIP) Awards during the recent Nuclear Energy Assembly hosted by the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, D.C.
The TIP Awards recognize achievement, leadership and innovation that improves safety, efficiency and performance in the nuclear power industry. Winners were selected from dozens of applications highlighting different technical areas.
“Winning these awards helps validate two of TVA’s greatest strengths ̶ our talented workforce and their commitment to developing better ways to serve the people of the Tennessee Valley,” said David Czufin, senior vice president of Nuclear Engineering and Support Services, and the executive sponsor of TVA’s teams. “Both of these teams displayed adaptability, continuous improvement and driving for results, which are the same high standards we expect from each TVA nuclear professional.”
The Power System Analysis Team won the Equipment Reliability Award for their solution to open phase faults ̶ an issue with the quality of power entering a plant that could potentially affect the operation of critical safety equipment. TVA’s team found a first-of-its-kind solution that provides complete protection from open phase faults, which is expected to save TVA more than $17 million over alternative solutions. The technology can be used by other nuclear operators and can drive similar cost savings.
Another TVA team captured the Materials, Management Processes and Support Services Award for their development of the Cyber Security Assessment System to meet federal requirements. This tool allows for the evaluation of all critical digital assets against various controls needed for cyber security.
The team used the system to evaluate more than 5.2 million possible computer system interactions at all of TVA’s nuclear facilities in less than one year, assuring that these valuable assets are protected. Like TVA’s other TIP award winner, the cyber security assessment system can be used at any nuclear facility.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
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