© 2019 by Titans of Nuclear. Produced by the Energy Impact Center: www.energyimpactcenter.org

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Rob’s background in history and his personal evolution in the nuclear industry

  • Design flaws that led to the Three Mile Island accident

  • Rob’s work in plant modernization managing major electrical and digital upgrades at plants in the US

  • Pros and cons of analog systems versus digital systems

  • The core inputs to safety control in a plant including coolant flow and temperature parameters

  • Economic challenges in nuclear and how we can replace manual labor with automation to help overcome those challenges

  • Concerns over software common cause failure

  • Lessons we can learn from upgrade deficiencies in other countries

  • How cybersecurity is maintained in digital systems

  • How plant modernization methods are working to dramatically reduce the operation and maintenance costs required in nuclear

Rob Austin

Sensors, Data & Analytics Expert, Electric Power Research Institute