Here at Williams Industrial, we serve all types of clients within the industrial and energy industry. Williams has performed maintenance and capital project scopes in single plants and utility systems with multi-plant locations since 1994. Understanding the importance of the work we do means understanding the importance of the work of the industry. Here’s a little more information to help shape your understanding of the power generation market.
Nuclear energy has been through a lot over the past 50 years. But when it comes to advances in technology and plant designs, there’s been a surprising lack of movement in this market. Until now. This is a big moment in time for understanding how important nuclear power can be to the future of our country. There are some amazing new designs coming into the industry that is sure to revolutionize how we think about and experience nuclear power.
Ambitious New Designs
Along with the structure and design of the next generation of nuclear reactors, industry leaders are thinking outside of the box when it comes to the look and personality of reactors within a community. There’s a movement to add public art to existing nuclear sites, as well as build new reactors with public art in mind because not everybody likes to look at huge masses of bare concrete. In fact, many companies may be unenthusiastic to include them in their development plans in part because of the look and feel of a looming reactor plant.
While painting the exterior of an operating reactor isn’t necessarily a good idea, there are alternatives, such as a double-helix design for cooling towers and a reactor containment and cooling tower painted like an impressionistic view of the sea. These installations of public art can make nuclear a more intrinsic part of the community and even hint at part of the environment that reactors help preserve. When it comes to the future of nuclear energy, aesthetics need to be taken into account.
Next-Gen Reactors Can Bring Power to Small Communities
A new, more flexible alternative is small, modular reactors. These reactors offer the advantage of scalability, lower cost, and overall flexibility. They provide a simple and efficient design, modular components, and the ability to add further modules incrementally as energy demand increases. Flexibility is offered both in the short and long term with these low-cost reactors.
Incorporating reactors into the hustle and bustle of their communities is the goal of the next generation of smaller-designed nuclear reactors. Building them into the design of transit centers, industrial neighborhoods, and even remote arctic locations can completely change the way people interact with and experience nuclear power. By bringing them into the community, we take on a different appreciation for the existence of the reactors, but also for the power and energy they bring to the community.
Reducing Carbon Emissions Globally
Moving away from carbon-generating power production at scale will require vast shifts in power generation. Where large communities once depended on coal power, nuclear power is well positioned to meet the needs. While making the shift away from carbon-generating power sources will be a long transition, the reliability and scale of nuclear power can help lead the charge toward a more renewable energy load.
For more thoughts on how the energy industry will be shaped over the coming years, connect with the energy staffing experts at Williams Industrial today.