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Nuclear Standby Power

Nuclear Standby Power

At Fairbanks Morse Engine we design, manufacture, and test our medium speed diesel engine generator sets to comply with all Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requirements. Today there are over 100 diesel engine power generators standing by to ramp up in seconds and supply emergency power to nuclear power plants across the U.S. We back our emergency power diesel generator sets for the nuclear industry with world-class service, factory-direct engineering services, diesel engine inspection programs and quality Fairbanks Morse Engine OEM parts.



Why choose medium speed diesel engines?Within the industry, diesel engines are categorized by their rotational speeds as high, medium, and low speed. Medium speed diesel engines used in electrical generators operate between 500 to 1000 rpm, and are optimized to provide rapid response to load changes. Medium speed diesel engines provide much greater durability, reliability, and decreased down time in comparison to higher speed engines — all essential requirements for nuclear service.

How many Fairbanks Morse Engine generator sets are in nuclear service?As of spring 2012, there are 106 Fairbanks Morse engine generator sets in service in nuclear stations throughout the Americas.

Why is a proven track record especially important in the nuclear industry?Quality, reliability and durability are essential when supplying safety-related systems to the nuclear power industry. For these reasons, developers of the first commercial reactors turned to Fairbanks Morse, the engine manufacturer already known for supplying dependable power to the U.S. Navy's emerging nuclear fleet. As construction of nuclear plants expanded, Fairbanks Morse remained the industry leading supplier of diesel generator sets. Currently, over 60% of owners and operators of nuclear power plants in the United States depend on the Fairbanks Morse line of Colt-Pielstick, ALCO and Opposed Piston engines. With the next generation of plants expected to produce electricity for over 60 years, the industry requires a proven engine manufacturer that can design, build and test engines to strict U.S. NRC requirements.

What about engineering services?Factory-direct engineering services are available to meet the needs of nuclear utilities throughout the life of the power plant.


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