Westinghouse Acquires Industry-Leading Security System
To produce even more affordable carbon-free energy
TOWNSHIP OF CRANBERRY, Pennsylvania., May 5, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Westinghouse Electric Company announced the acquisition of ABB’s AC160N control platform, which serves as the core technology for its Common Q ™ safety systems platform approved by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission ( NRC). This acquisition marks a key investment in the company’s instrumentation and control (I&C) portfolio to broaden its support for the long-term operational strategies of nuclear companies.
Developed specifically for Westinghouse, AC160N technology is designed to operate in demanding nuclear environments to produce significant processing power in a small footprint. The acquisition preserves Common Q’s licensing pedigree for the more than 40 nuclear power plants that currently use the technology and improves plant security of supply for spare parts and software support services.
“Safety system upgrades are more critical than ever as utilities seek to preserve the lifespan of their factories in order to produce even more affordable, carbon-free energy,” said Patrick fragman, President and CEO of Westinghouse. “This acquisition represents a strategic investment in long-term operations and improving the performance of the global operating fleet. It also gives Westinghouse full control of the technology with respect to its use and evolution.”
Westinghouse’s Common Q security I&C platform enables utilities to achieve significant operating and maintenance savings through reduced or eliminated monitoring and the high availability and reliability of AC160N technology. The versatile platform can be installed in almost any factory design and also integrates seamlessly into existing factory systems to reduce costs and implementation schedule. Common Q is currently installed in twelve operating factories in the United States and eighteen operating factories outside the United States, including the four AP1000® units in China and the APR1400 units in Korea and the United Arab Emirates.
“For decades our Common Q solution has proven to be a stable and reliable platform that both operating and new nuclear power plants trust,” continued Patrick. “Key milestones like this will ensure the future availability and support of one of the largest security-related installed bases in the world.”
Westinghouse has received regulatory approval from the NRC to transfer ownership of AC160N via a Safety Assessment Report (SER).
For more information on Westinghouse’s Common Q security systems platform solutions, visit https://www.westinghousenuclear.com/CommonQ.
Westinghouse Electric Company is the world’s pioneering nuclear energy company and a leading supplier of nuclear power plant products and technologies to utilities around the world. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pennsylvania., United States Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis of approximately half of the nuclear power plants in operation worldwide. For more information, please visit www.westinghousenuclear.com.
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